_Often times aspiring authors will point at Dan Brown or Stephanie Meyer or whoever the “it” author happens to be at the time and decry the dilemma of writing down to the masses or writing true, powerful, literary prose.
_Personally, I found the first few paragraphs of “Dead until Dark” brutally bad.  But ten books later, I was still caught up in the exploits of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’ world of vampire, werewolf and fairy politics interwoven with the actual historical events affecting the Deep South in the first decade of this century.
_The question is why do we write?  Do we write to educate, to entertain, to inform?  The fact is, unless we are writing for our own vanities sake, we write to be read.  No matter how frustrating it is that I have to spell out some concept which is innately obvious to me, if the reader cannot follow me, the reader will put down my story and walk away.  If readers find my deep felt confessional boring and self-absorbed, then that story belongs in a diary and not a bookshelf.
_Writing for the public is a delicate balance of providing a framework that the average reader can relate to and taking them on a journey where they have never been before.  If your story is too familiar, you run the risk of boring your readers or being overlooked, too strange and you face the jeopardy of losing your audience entirely.  That being said, there are niche markets for nearly every writer, the trick being to identify your following and do whatever it is you do as well as you can.
In the end, it is entirely up to you what type of writer you want to be.  Whatever your reason for writing, keep writing my friend!



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