Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Engaging the Wide Reach of the Reader
The goal of any author truly, outside of that little artistic nutjuob thought is to make money. The only way to make true money in this industry is to have a book that a LOT of people like, and that has wide appeal. The trouble begins when we're looking to NOT interfere with creativity. Writing for money means being able to on the fly, learn to plot and come up with stories that not only make sense but achieve the goals we set out to accomplish as writers . If we're in Fiction, we want to make our readers feel something, think about something, maybe even do something. Especially if we're romance writers, we want a reaction. A hot one ;)
Though, that idea you just had for a story? It has probably been done.
Now you groan. Then you think of another story idea that has a twist on what you came up with. Guess what, it's probably been done too.
You see where this is going.
If creativity stumbles, I would refer you back to these two posts on WriteSEX
But once you develop that personality you're still going to come up with plots that may seem new and original. And for all your readers know, they might be. I have very few references when it comes to storylines because I don't watch a ton of TV. If it weren't for Burn Notice or Case Closed, I wouldn't have a few of the stories I've written. Lucky for me there aren't a HUGE amount of anime fans (yet) that read my work otherwise they would totally pick up on the storyline I ripped and modified from an episode of Case Closed. (That story btw is Sacrifice, from Heavenly Bodies)
I pulled that storyline and took it apart to meet the needs of my genre. I needed romance to happen. In Case Closed, the romance is just between Jimmy Kudo and his girlfriend, until "Conan" appears and Jimmy disappears. Conan is Jimmy in the body of a ten year old boy, due to some drugs a crime syndicate gave him. They go about solving cases through the use of tech, science and Rachel's incompetent father.
What I pulled from that Anime was the detective part, because detective stories sell today still. And I pulled the love interest, but I upped it since my target audience is female readers. Oh and I pulled the actual case from the show too but combined my version with Greek Gods, a 1950's noir-ish theme and a traditional HEA. Viola, the story now has large appeal, gives me some marketability I'd never have thought of and I can take it to not just regular reader conventions but to science fiction cons, mystery cons, and anything that has to do with Greek Mythology.
The story may or may not go over so well at any of those places but you never know.
Readers want intriguing, authors want to write captivating stories. The two shall meet easily once authors figure out the secret formula for crafting well written stories that sell. What makes the difference between your story and mine with the same basic plotline will be the words used. Maybe I'm edgy with a hint of flowers and perhaps you're a writer that uses words that seem light and airy but make for a different but equally good read.
You never know.
Heavenly Bodies available at Amazon
Lifting Spirits, a gay romance available at Amazon