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Thinking about what readers what in books, as one does. . .
 
When we were at Confluence, I said on a panel (which panel, I no longer recall, but it was late in the con. Very possibly it was the last panel, at which, yanno, I'm liable to say anything...) that we were writing books that had to do, not only with Actions, but with the Consequences of Actions.
 
And a person in the audience said, But what if you don't want to read about the consequences of actions? What if you only want to read about the actions, the excitement, the adventure?
 
And I said -- last panel, remember -- that, as far as I was concerned, it was perfectly fine to read Pure Action Books, there were a lot of them out there, many of them are fun, and far be it from me to tell anyone what they ought to read.
 
However, I could speak authoritatively in terms of writing, and, specifically, in terms of writing the Liaden Universe® (though this is also, and is possibly more, applicable in the Carousel/Archers Beach universe):  In our work, there are Consequences to Actions. Yes, people have to Act, and often messily, because, well, space opera. And also because the people who Act shape the future.
 
But!  The important takeaway here is this:
 
The universe Steve and I write in is a Universe of Moms; there are consequences to actions; and somebody has to clean up the mess.
 
I also said that what readers need to remember is that -- speaking again for myself at the last panel of a convention -- I am not writing for them.  I have never written for them.  I am writing for me.  It's nice that other people like to read what I write, but I'm not writing for All of Them Out There.  I can't write for Them, as any number of internet articles will tell you.  I don't have the tools to write for Them.
 
So, that leaves me.  And you, if you find that I speak your language, or near enough.
 
So, that.
 
And now it's time for coffee.
 
 

Write for yourself

Date: 2017-09-03 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
That you write for yourself gives your writing a continuity of soul. That what you write is entertaining and thought provoking is happy news for readers. Thank you for many hours of immersion in worlds of wonder and humanity.

Date: 2017-09-03 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] martianmooncrab
makes me want my own Tree...

Write for yourself

Date: 2017-09-03 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] polanka221
You need to write for yourself. If you cannot feel the truth of your characters, your writing will be commercial dreck. Oh, it may bring in some money, but no one is going to be waiting, slaveringly, for your next installment. Besides, I love the truths that I find in your characters and story arcs.

Date: 2017-09-03 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gl48heaton
How can you write for Them?

Them wants near porn in love stories, HEA, Action/Adventure, Things that go BUMP in the night, Space Opera, shoot them ups (not so much any more), sparkly Vampires, ETC ETC ETC.

You have to write for YOU!!!

If Them don't like it, well, see the above list.

Every day I get a choice of 5 - 6 books from BookBub, 3 - 4 from Kindle, 2 -3 from Nook

Date: 2017-09-03 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gl48heaton
(Sorry)
Some of my comments got cut off.

All the links are based on my buying habits and the preferred AUTHOR lists from EACH site.

Just as an side, my "books read" EACH MONTH looks like your "books read in (year) WITH ABOUT 70% OF THE SAME TITLES.

So not only are YOU writing for YOU, you are writing for me and my wife.

Write for YOU. Please

Date: 2017-09-05 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ireneha
Please keep writing for you. Whatever you have been doing. Keep doing it.

Right now there are lots of books in my library. But I've only been re-reading two of the series, and sometimes only a few books in those series.

To put it simply: There are three series of books shelved in my living room, where they are right next to the comfy chair. The books by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller are one of those sets. They are the ones that are most often pulled from the shelves for when I need a book-fix right now!

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