I was chatting to my uncle recently about writing as he’s really got into it since retiring. He mentioned something that got me thinking. How he really loved a certain style of story that I write more than any other.
The thing is, I don’t often write those kinds of stories anymore. And when I started thinking about it, the reason why began to unravel.
There’s a great quote I’ve since discovered from Meg Cabot:
“Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.”
I realised that I’d started to write pieces of flash fiction in a certain style because that’s what’s generally being published. It’s an amazing feeling to see my name online and in print, but when I was building this website, I couldn’t actually remember most of my published stories and what they were about.
That told me something wasn’t quite right. I’m proud and grateful to have those pieces out in the wild, but when I read the majority of them, I don’t connect with them as being mine.
So, what point am I trying to make?
From now on I’m going to write the kind of story I want to read. Even if this means I get dozens of rejections. I also think that having my ‘own style’ (I’m not reinventing the wheel), will help my work stand out and make me happy, which is why I started writing in the first place.