Neil Ostroff, author of Imagination and other novels, writes about his on-going novel promotion efforts. In his recent post, he wrote about what real writers hope to achieve.
Here is his take on what real writing is . . .
As I get older and more experienced in my writing, I’ve come to realize that it is the story that is most important. It is eternal once written. To create something that affects people, or entertains, or changes their perspective about life, is what any real writer hopes to achieve.
Sure, there are gimmicks and tricks, and social media, and threads to artificially raise awareness of your book, but if it was written as a piece of merchandise just to have out there, chances are it will fail.
I love his observation on what real writers want to achieve via their writing. Do you agree with his assessment?
Let us know in the comments below.
About John Kremer
John Kremer is author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, the Relationships Matter Marketing program, and many other books and reports on book marketing, Internet marketing, social media, and book publicity. -- John Kremer on Book Marketing.
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I couldn’t agree more. The story itself needs to somehow engage, evoke, encourage, enthrall, enlighten, and/or empower readers. The tale must ignite expressive emotions whether those be tears of gripping sorrow, sighs of relief from exhaustive anticipation, a heartfelt tug of empathy, a grimace of disgust or disdain, a shiver of direful consequences, and/or a euphoric, resplendent smile that beams because hope has been restored, love has survived, and miracles have come true. That is exactly why I write! I am a story teller. It’s my passion.
Reader engagement is the basis of word of mouth. If you don’t engage the reader, you don’t sell books. Plus, of course, it’s much more fun to write an engaging book.