WARNING: Discussion ensuing between Mime and Cait. GIF overuse. May include references from Shirley Temple and Ice Age.
You have been warned.
CAIT: I’ve got a GIF for you!
MIME: And I’ve got one for you.
CAIT: Mine is BETTER!
MIME: I seriously doubt it…
Believe it or not, we have not been watching black and white movies lately. And there is a point to this post, too!
CAIT: Pray tell.
MIME: We have been discussing —
CAIT: As we do.
MIME: — some of the advice we’ve seen lurking around the blogosphere. For instance, this thought: should you only write a book if you’re passionate about it?
CAIT: The answer is: no. Can we go back to GIFs now?
MIME: See, Cait doesn’t know everything, so we’re actually going to do a discussion here. Right?
MIME: That’s it. I’m going on without you. So, I see a lot of people saying, “I have this idea, should I write it?” And then the most common response they get is, “If it’s the story that’s on your heart, go for it. If not, well… don’t write for the market.”
CAIT: Which is a load of baloney.
MIME: Sure, Miss Good-Ship-Lollipop. Are you actually participating now?
CAIT: Don’t rain on my parade, okay? Right. I WILL participate, just because you’re being a meanie. I’ve seen this advice (I’m referring to the above advice that Lurch up there gave, something about mushy heart stuff) floating around a lot too. I admit, it is legit. Writing solely for the market is dangerous.
MIME: There are a thousand reasons why you shouldn’t write a book that you’re not super-enthusiastic about. Firstly, you have a high chance of getting bored with your book. It’s possible you won’t connect with your characters. You’re likely to have a more cliched plot, and chances are, you’ll lose motivation. The worst case scenario is that the reader will tell you’re writing it out of necessity not enthusiasm.
CAIT: Buuuuut! At the same time, I wrote a book I wasn’t passionate about and it worked for me!
MIME: Silence, insolence.
CAIT: But you said we were discussing.
MIME: Aaaaand you listened to me?
CAIT: Who knew, right?! But all the same, don’t get used to it. Now BACK ON TOPIC. So, I wrote this book (you might have heard of it) called BOYBOTS. It’s about guns and robots and M&Ms. Here is a spoiler: I wasn’t passionate about it.
MIME: What? You lied to me?
CAIT: I tried to tell you. I made you an omelette! But you didn’t listen. I’d had a rough time with my last WIP (that’s BLOOD, my medieval horror thriller mystical…thing), and I decided to write something that would “suite the market”. Or something. I chose a bunch of things I thought readers might like (a.k.a. guns, robots…M&Ms) and turned it into a story. So, for a story forged without the flames of Mt.
Doom Inspiration, it turned out okay. A lot of my betas have liked it so far. Did you like it, Mime?
MIME: I hereby declare on the Internet, if I go missing after this, my last will… Okay. Yes, I liked your book, Cait. On my honour, or may I be chopped up and made into soup.
CAIT: Good pet.
MIME: Woof. Cait’s book BLOOD was more of a Mt. Doomer (that is to say, it was inspired). It flowed like blood from a wound.
CAIT: Hence the title.
MIME: Um…can we talk about this?
CAIT: Not now, Mime.
MIME: Anyway, she started it when she was fourteen or something, and she’s been rewriting and writing more books, and talking about the characters, and making me fangirl for the past… wait. How old are you?
CAIT: I’ll ignore that. The point is, I’ve written books that I’ve been super dooper passionate about. And I’ve gone against the kosher and written for “the market” (though, heck, I’m not sure what I consider “marketable” actually is. Does anyone here like robots and M&Ms? Hands, hands? Do I see hands?) And by the way, Mime. I didn’t make you fangirl.
MIME: Oh, come. The fangirling is the best part. For instance. I’m still not sure who I ship more. Gikkael or Elletrael.
CAIT: Ha. Ha. No.
MIME: The point is, I don’t think anyone needs to be concerned if their WIP is not consuming their dwelling thoughts. Basically, if you’re not obsessed with your own book, you can still be amazing. And if you are inspired, then that’s brilliant. Don’t box yourself in, because everyone’s writing processes are different.
MIME: I know. That was pretty inspirational, right?
CAIT: Don’t flatter yourself. It was mediocre. Okay then, bye blogglings!
cait and mime are currently home alone (which scares them), because badies could come. but in the meantime they’re eating icecream and watching TV and not doing the dishes (hi, mum!). they have agreed the ratio of chocolate chips to icecream is 1:1. this counts as mathematics, so they’re also learning.