Today, we’re talking about “important” books. Yes, the quotes are one hundred percent necessary, there.
There are so many people who go on and on about writing or reading the next great American novel. So many authors feel pressured to write books that others will deem “important,” and tons of readers feel pressured to read all the classics and all the high brow literature they can get their hands on.
But you know what…
Read and write whatever you want. Books don’t have to be “important” to be valuable. They don’t have to be profound or life changing or satirical. They don’t have to make some insightful commentary on society to be worth reading.
There’s nothing wrong with a book that’s meant to be fun and entertaining.
So chill out.
Stop shaming each other for what you read or write.
Stop letting others shame you for what you read or write.
We all love books.
Can’t that be enough?
If you want to spend hours analyzing every book you read to find every possible meaning, do it. You do you.
Maybe become an English teacher and get paid for that shit while you’re at it.
If you want to write books that are deep and meaningful, going into the writing process with the intention of writing something truly powerful…fuckin’ do it.
Not everyone reads to find the hidden meaning.
Not everyone cares why the curtains were blue.
Sometimes, sitting down to read or write is just about going on an adventure instead of being anxious about bills.
And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Every time I read or write, I do it because I want a story. Not because I have wisdom to impart or need the sage advice of the elders.
Do I learn from books? Yeah. All the damn time. But that isn’t usually why I read or write them.
I want to see another world or a different version of this world.
I want to meet interesting new people without…actually…having to meet people.
I want to go on daring adventures and face mythical, magical beasts…from the comfort of my couch with little-to-no risk of being disemboweled.
Sometimes that’s all you need to feel a little better about life.
So. Do you. Read whatever the fuck you want. Analyze it to whatever degree you want. There is room for readers and writers of all kinds within the book world.
*steps off soap box*
Now. Progress report!
All formatting on World for the Broken is done! I have to adjust the cover size for the paperback, because I changed my mind on the trim size at the last minute.
The pages will be slightly larger, which means more text will fit on each page, which means about 130 fewer pages. Good news: that means the paperback will cost less than it would have otherwise.
Same content. Same print quality. Less expensive.
So I’m excited about that.
Since I’m just about done with it, I’ll be revealing the cover this week, which I’m also excited about. I love how it turned out, and I can’t wait to show it to you all.
Now that I’m not actively editing something (mostly doing marketing images and metadata, as well as exploring blog tour options), I can get back to actively writing my new story instead of just squeezing in writing time around the World for the Broken edits.
As of right now, I’m just over 22,000 words. Which isn’t bad. But I’m hoping to get quite a bit done on it this week.
But now, it’s time for me to get some sleep.
Keep reading (whatever you want). Keep writing (whatever you want).