A recent experience left me with a firm reminder on the value of writing for yourself. Without going into too much detail, I had spent time this past month, writing a story as part of a collaborative project. Feedback has been given with each new draft that has truly helped polish it into becoming the best version of itself. However, with the last round of suggestions for it, I felt extremely uneasy with what was being offered to me in regards to how to alter the plot. Not to mention that the number of suggestions came at a copious amount, which left me feeling frustrated over needing to satisfy several people at once.
I couldn’t ignore the voice going off in the back of my head, and I trusted it to guide me in the right direction. So what I wound up doing was I basically ignored a majority of the suggestions that were passed along to me, and made my final changes guided by both the suggestions I felt were adequate in making it better, and what I personally wanted to alter. In the end, it worked, for it’s this final version that’s being used in this collaborative project.
When in writing, or just storytelling in general, it’s good to keep in mind an audience that you are writing for. At the same time, it’s also just as valuable to be writing for yourself. If you’re not writing the story that you, the creator, are going to be satisfied with in the end, trust me when I say that that will show. In order to be the best storyteller you can be, you have to know what you personally want to get out of and include in your story. Once you have that figured out, then you simultaneously have that ready to go for your target audience. You should always aim for creating a story that, as a consumer, you’d also like to check out.
It can be imaginably tricky if you’re just starting out in the field, but as with any art or skill set in life, practice is key. Once you’ve gotten the hang of the kind of stories you want to tell, then you know exactly what to keep in mind when you go through the revision processes.
Yes, revisions still need to take place. Your story should evolve for the better. More than one pair of eyes are needed to see what potential it can amount to with some tweaks and adjustments. Otherwise, how else are you to grow as a storyteller? But as wise as it is to be open-minded enough to what changes could be made to improve a story, as the creator, you also have to know when something being suggested by another is not going to work. Now this may be met with dismay by other people who’ll have their own thoughts and opinions, but the reality of the matter is that you cannot satisfy everyone with your story. I always believe that if a story doesn’t get at least one bad review, then there’s something very wrong.
When in storytelling, it’s wise to keep in mind what audience you’re writing for and that changes to your story should be made when in revisions. However, be true to the story that you, the creator, want to tell; for the breadth of your authentic passion and enthusiasm for the story can and will be felt by those who consume it.
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