You know that story, the one that’s sat in the back of your mind for months, maybe years? The one that you have no trouble summoning up passion for, the one you’re excited to write, the one you are determined to breathe life into before you die?
The one that you’ve been told will be a hard sell. Not marketable. The one no one will want to take on.
And so the timeless question arises: write what’s on your heart, or write what sells? I’ve read many articles and blog posts discussing this very question. Most of the answers revolve around the idea that writers can only write well when they write what they’re passionate about—when they write what’s on their heart.
Makes sense, doesn’t it? Why then, am I hesitating?
And yet if I were any kind of a skilled writer, wouldn’t I be able to suck it up and get passionate about an easy sell? Come up with some grand new ideas that are more marketable?
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