When I received an e-mail notification for the article to which I’m linking below, I found it coincidental because I’d just written a post like it early this morning, here, titled “There’s Only One “Fifty Shades of Grey,” One “Peyton Place,” and One “Brokeback Mountain.”
This excerpt is only part of what Lev Raphael has to say on the topic of authors trying to repeat the success of books like “Hunger Games” and “Fifty Shades of Grey”:
I also don’t agree with people like blogger Jeff Goins who encourage young writers to imitate The Hunger Games — which I enjoyed as an airplane read — because it’s “the future of writing.” How can anyone be sure what people will be reading even next year? And why should people attempt work in a genre if that’s not where their natural talent lies?
Passion is a key ingredient for any book. Now, you may be passionate about copying a current success so that you can be translated into two dozen languages and sell millions of books. But is that hunger as deep as writing what you really want to, writing from your heart, writing a story you feel nobody else in the world can tell but you? If it is, good luck!
Take the time to read more here. I couldn’t agree more, and I’m glad I read it because it supports what I said this morning, which doesn’t happen often. Evidently, I’m not the only one who is annoyed at all the bad advice going around these days.