What is the job of a writer?
- To sell tons of copies?
- To win awards?
- To write a book a year?
- To make a living?
- To teach others how to write?
- To finish a novel?
- To SELL a novel?
From my point of view, yes, your job as a professional writer is to sell copies (among other things) so you can continue writing.
But how do you do that? You connect with readers.
I think the job of a writer is to be more honest than the rest of us.
The books that connect with people are entertaining, make us forget about real life…are fun, are serious, are what readers expect from you.
When you tell honest stories that are more poignant than readers expect, and more poignant than we see our own lives–that’s writing.
When writers ask me what I’m looking for when I sign up new writers, I say I’m looking for really honest writing. Sure you need a novel with a great premise, a plot, and memorable characters–but so much of that comes from believable writing and honest stories and characters. I want to put down a novel feeling like I know more about myself and the world I’m in.
My favorite honest novels:
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU by Jonathan Tropper
EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng
THE VACATIONERS by Emma Straub
AFTER I DO by Taylor Jenkins Reid
ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes
ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell
ONE DAY by David Nicholls
LABOR DAY by Joyce Maynard
SEATING ARRANGEMENTS by Maggie Shipstead
IF YOU COULD BE MINE by Sara Farizan
Q: What do you think the job of a writer is?