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“How Do We Find the Balance In All This?”

Requesting Feedback from Readers and Writers alike.

Some writers are afraid to publicize their works because they’re afraid of the negative feedback they might receive. One writer I encountered, very talented in composing short-stories, threw in the towel after 2-3 people negatively criticized their work. The ratio of positive and negative reviews of this writer’s work were 16:3.

As a new self published writer, I often find myself changing many things in my book to appease readers. In-other-words, I’d take on the perspective of any diverse reader and try to look at my book from their eyes and understanding. Sometimes I change things hoping they (my readers) would be able to easily grasp/articulate. Moreover, I sometimes find myself softening words or truths as not to offend certain people, in a sense trying to compose my work in the most universal easy-to-understand dialect there is for all. But, am I losing a piece of myself, or who I am as a writer when I take on this approach?

Most would say it is wrong to “dumb-down” your literature to “7th Grade Level Writings” to appease someone else. And still othes would say, “I don’t care if the reader understands my book or not. If they can’t understand the type of words used in my book, then let them Google it.” (statements I’ve heard from other writers)

I can understand both point-of-views, but consider this for a moment. Who are the readers you are trying to reach? What level education? What culture? What faith? Do you want to attract just a certain type of reader, or do you want to expose your literature to the diversity of the world? If we be honest, any writer would love for their book to be a bestseller around the entire world. So, how do we accomodate the world?

What if someone picks up your book, does not have the advance education and knowledge to grasp how you choose to compose literature (your way)? What would you tell him/her, “Sorry, this book is too advance for you. Go get an education then come back and read my book?” Won’t that be hurtful?

What if someone picks up your book and begins reading it, comes across complicated words that they’ll always have to stop and lookup in a dictionary/thesaurus to comprehend the picture you are trying to illustrate? Won’t this be distracting to the reader? Personally, if I was that reader and had to continuously pause at a word in an attempt to figure out its meaning, I would put the book down immediately. Words do have many different meanings and implications, and one misunderstood word can contaminate the entire context.

In contrast, what if a highly educated reader picks up your book and begins reading. Our concern now would be whether that person would think your book too “elementary” for his/her degree?

So, how do we as writers and readers find the balance in what we love?

Readers & Writers we need your feedback on these issues:

  1. Whether it’s bad advice to encourage new Writers/Authors to consider their audience when choosing to publicly publish their literature.
  2. Whether an Author should write a book based on what he/she hopes the audience will understand and love.
  3. Whether the Author writes for his/herself, with no care for the readers.

You’ve read my thoughts on the subject-matter above. So what is yours?

Knight

Véé Nelly is a self-motivated, creative author who writes to share his thoughts and experiences with the public. The mission of this website at https://knightvision.ink, is to inspire other aspiring authors to publish their writing. Genres that he is most interested in reading and writing include Horror, Crime, suspense, Thrillers, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Eschatology, and spiritual novel. He loves a well-crafted book with twists and turns. At home, Véé Nelly is the oldest of four siblings, an uncle to three, and the father of three. As the son of a retired Army Veteran and a mother who played the role of both parents, he had a difficult childhood. Although he had been through more than most, he drew hope and optimism from his experiences and directed his feelings into writing to share with the world. Outside of reading and writing, Véé Nelly’s hobbies include playing sports, cooking, creating new dishes, deep-sea fishing, sculpting, and volunteering. With a wide range of hobbies and experiences, he is able to produce varying and unique characters with different backgrounds and lives. Some of Véé Nelly’s favorite authors include John Grisham, Anne Rice, Stephanie Meyer, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, James Patterson, and Mary Higgins Clark. Still, Nelly would say that the most significant influence in his writing comes from music rather than reading. Artists such as Joe, Room 112, Brian Mcknight, Jon B., Avant, Keith Sweat, and other R&B musicians from the 80s and 90s were his greatest inspiration. Véé Nelly has self-published two series: “Visions of Poetry” and “Visions of Truth.” The first series includes “Poetic Knight,” “Thorns and Roses,” “Midnight Rendezvous,” and the newly released collector’s edition, “Visions of Prosetry.” The Second series includes “Death Unto Life” and the collector’s edition “A King’s Fall.” Both of these series are available for purchase from our online bookstore. Véé Nelly has just released his new book, a suspense thriller titled “Dark Haze - The Island,” which is currently available. He plans to release a novel based on his life story within the near future called “Unburnt, Surviving My Enemies Flame.”

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  1. The Alchemist

    I would imagine it would depend on the aims of the individual writer and to what degree they would like to self-express/share their world

    1. Knight

      Thank You for sharing

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