Owing to the reader…….my take.


So I was reading random blogs earlier and I ran across one about what a writer owes a reader.

Some folks think a writer owes a reader absolutely nothing and that they should write the book exactly as they want, reader be damned.

Some feel that if you build a reader a world you owe them a resolution to that world in keeping with their expectations. (ie: happy endings and puppies for everyone.)

Here’s my opinion (cause you all know I have one.)

A writer owes their reader on thing and one thing only.

They owe it to the reader to be true to themselves in their storytelling.

If they do and they watchguard against ego and laziness then their readers will be satisfied, even if their expectations are destroyed.

That’s all.

And that is my pledge. I’m not writing for anyone but myself and I sincerely hope that readers come along for the ride.

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23 Comments

  1. Hi!
    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.
    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  2. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  3. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  4. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  5. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  6. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  7. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  8. Hi!
    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.
    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  9. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  10. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  11. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  12. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  13. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  14. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  15. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  16. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  17. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  18. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  19. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  20. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  21. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  22. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

  23. Hi!

    I thought I’d drop my .02 in here, since I have a lot of thoughts about this. I think that the writer owes the reader consistent characters that are true to themselves. No happy endings, not if that’s not what the characters would do– but no sad endings if that’s not what the characters would do.

    I also think the writer owes the reader a consistent story– if the writer starts out with a fluffy romance, it shouldn’t turn into a horror story. Know what I mean? Other than that, though, the writer has a lot of leeway.

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