I is for Individuality


I wish I’d written the Harry Potter books. I’d love to have the money J.K. Rowlings makes as well as the fame she’s achieved. I wish I could produce books as fast as James Patterson does. I wish patrons lined up around the block to buy my books, that my books were on the shelves of all airport stores. I wish reviewers would mention the beauty of my prose. I wish… I wish…

Wishing I wrote like someone else is a waste of time. I bring my own personal experiences, philosophy of life, and style to everything I write (including this blog). I see life through my eyes, process events through my emotions. Whereas one person might find a situation funny, scary, or ridiculous, I might not. I am me, and the best thing I can do is learn the craft of writing, strive to improve, and write stories that I would want to read.

And thank goodness we don’t all write the same—either in style or storyline—or even as fast as James Patterson. Variety, in my mind, tops duplication. And sometimes, having to wait for the next book by an author I like makes finally getting that book even more delightful.

I’m off now to see whose blog I wish I had written. (I didn’t say I’ve tamed all my green-eyed monsters.) A-to-Z Blogging Challenge


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4 Responses to I is for Individuality

  1. Peg Herring says:

    i have to remind myself of this quite often. We write what we want to write, (and you do it well). If it isn’t what the masses are reading, at least you get to be yourself, on your own subjects in your own time.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Thank you, Peg. Over the years I’ve heard speakers and read posts about how, if you want to make a lot of money as a writer you need to know your market and write to your readers’ expectations. I’m sure that’s true (which is probably why I haven’t made a lot of money), but first and foremost, I have to write to my expectations, my desires. Otherwise this is simply a job and I would simply be a machine pumping out stories. Those are my feelings. That doesn’t mean I’m right, but that’s what keeps me writing. That’s my individual style.

  2. ann bennett says:

    The grass is always greener on the other side. lol

    In reading your blog, your voice has a pleasant, lyrical quality. I’ve actually reached the point where I hear the voice of a writer. I hope I can get as pleasant a voice. How much I can change in time, I don’t know. I’ll be 59 this year.

    • Maris Soule says:

      The older I get, Ann, the more I’ve come to realize that grass may look greener, but it usually has some weeds in it that are bitter. I may wish I had some of the fame and money that other writers have achieved, and maybe those writers are very happy, but fame usually involves a loss of privacy…and I do like my anonymity. (I hope I spelled that right.)