What does it mean to stay true to yourself?
A few weeks ago Chris Daughtry performed in the reveal night of American Idol. And he gave great advice to the contestants. Stay true to yourself.
Um, yeah, that’s great Chris, I mean Daughtry, but what does that mean for me as a writer? I’ve been asking myself the hard questions.
The top ten on Idol are all good singers. But there are some that are definitely artists. They stick out. They are branded by their looks, their song choice, and their style of singing.
I think it’s true with writers too. There are many excellent writers that do not get published. There are many excellent writers that do.
So, what does that mean for me? How do I stay true to myself and what I like to write – while pursuing a career in writing?
For me, it means:
I can explore other genres or styles of writing. It’s okay.
I shouldn’t chase market trends. Because we’ve all heard it’s like chasing the pot at the end of the rainbow.
I should be writing the kind of book I love to read.
What does it mean for you? How do you stay true to yourself? If you love the idea of flying polka dotted ninja pigs but the market is flooded – should you still try to write about them?
What are the tough questions I should be asking myself? Help me out.