By: Helen Scheuerer
the beginning, every author has a vision of what kind of novelist they
want to be. It’s often based on what success they’ve witnessed
in the literary world, the kind of books they’ve enjoyed reading, or the
education they’ve received.
as the writer’s journey unfolds, what becomes apparent is that reality is often
very different to those dreams and expectations…
article will delve into the questions you need to ask yourself when deciding
what kind of author you want to be, as well as providing advice on how to
manage your expectations as an author, as you dive into this crazy writing
KIND OF AUTHOR SHOULD YOU BE?
the start of my writing journey, I always had a really clear idea of the
‘kind of author’ I wanted to be. However, it wasn’t until I was doing my
creative writing degree that I realized this kind of author was called an
‘author of literary fiction’…
McCarthy, Anne Enright, Julian Barnes, and Damon Galgut were my heroes.
They had crisp, striking prose and clean, blunt dialogue in common and offered
great stories, but more than that – they offered a feeling.
were the authors I wanted to be like. Along with the incredible writing also
comes the prestige and respect of other writers. I realized that for some
reason, certain people turn their nose up at ‘genre’ fiction.
thing I was becoming increasingly aware of was this notion of ‘women’s fiction’
– if you were a woman and you wrote about women, suddenly you were slotted into
this genre. And apparently, it was known more commonly as ‘chick lit’. I had to
I’m trying to do here is paint a picture of what influences a writer, and what
are conscious decisions and what are environmental factors…
a writer of literary fiction, and an editor of a literary magazine, I’ve
learned some important lessons lately in terms of what kind of writer I want to
are the questions I’ve been pondering, and why I think they’re crucial when it
comes to deciding what you want to write and how to write it…
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