Writing What You Want

I read yesterday, and have read several places recently, that one of the key universal characteristics of a good and happy author is that they never write anything they don’t want to.  This might seem obvious, even to the point of being silly, but I still like it.  In a sense, I write for work, and some of that is admittedly not the most riveting.  But in my extra-curricular efforts, I sometimes do get bogged down writing the story I feel I should write or a story that I think others would like.  Bollocks!  What is the point in that?  I think it was Gillian Flynn who said that she wrote the books she wished existed but no one else had written.  Maybe it was Ann Patchett.  Or someone else entirely.  But I like the concept.  I’m going to do that too.  Watch out!


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