permission to be dangerous

If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.

Toni Morrison, author of Beloved

Write the book you want to read.

Life is too precious to spend it writing tame, conventional stories to which you have no personal attachment.

Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club

Absolutely, Chuck! And just look where following their own advice landed these two stunningly memorable writers.

Yet to follow such advice means becoming a trifle selfish, ignoring trends in the publishing market, and stopping attempting to write what you think the editors/readers want to read. Write what you want to read instead. Who knows – someone else might like it too. Surely your tastes aren’t that peculiar?

Forgive the lecture. As ever, I’m really pep-talking myself.

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