Why writing reader-worth, money-worth piecesJanuary 5, 2012 | 4:48 pm | Journal: on writing
Every time I approach the writing of a novel, a short story or even just an article, I ask myself: WHY would a person buy my work? And HOW MUCH will a person be keen on paying for a piece of my work?
These questions are relevant to the writing activity itself, unlike many tend to think. At least, they are relevant when you write for business, be it an essay or a creative piece.
There are many things a person would like to see in a creative piece: a Valentine’s story, a special gift that made a significant other happy, a Mother’s Day celebration turning into an action drama… and so on.
When you write for business, say, an article on savings, you may want to provide helpful information that catches the reader’s attention: the cheapest but cute Valentine’s gifts available on the market, where to get Mom a nice Mother’s Day present, how to save up on purchases with Savings.com (it’s a site that provides discount coupons), etc.
As you can see, there are different approaches to similar topics, different viewpoints to write from, which make our work audience-worth and money-worth. It’s our best interest – and in the reader’s interest – to make a piece of writing worth the reader’s money: we wouldn’t buy something boring or too expensive compared to its quality, so why should other buy our low quality work too?
I know many young writers read this blog… I just wanted to offer some food for self-examination and growth here.