Creating and Fulfilling Expectations: Books as Products or Works of Art

Audrey Driscoll's Blog

The book as product: specific word count, story arc, number and types of characters, type of ending, and a cover suited to the genre. It may help its author make a living. Or it may not.

The book as work of art: whatever gives the writer the feeling of having a hand on the lever of creation. It may or may not become a “classic.” A posthumous one.

This is what happens when I’ve been reading too many “how to do it right” posts for writers. (Snarky aside: Judging by the vast amounts of advice we need, we writers are self-indulgent, impractical airheads, fumbling our way through the real world.)

The author of a recent such post expressed acute distress (“I almost cried!”) when a writer admitted they didn’t know the target audience for their book.

OK, all you writers hiding behind your computer screens, is this you? You don’t…

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2 thoughts on “Creating and Fulfilling Expectations: Books as Products or Works of Art

  1. Thank you, Jacqui. I think it must be easier to know your audience if you write in a genre that’s defined in part as being for a specific audience. If, like me, your writing doesn’t fit comfortably into a genre, it’s more difficult.

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