There. I said it.
I didn't realize this until I started watching some of J.K. Rowling's videos on writing. The videos on "The Women of Harry Potter" are so wonderful. It made me realize that TOO MANY times I go into writing something wondering what others will think about it. I thought I had fallen out of this deadly trap! But I haven't.
Even watching the wonderful videos about the "Women of Harry Potter" made me wonder how others would view my female characters. Would they hate them for certain reasons, love them for others?
WHY DID I CARE?!
If something I place in my book DOES something for the book I NEED, why do I care what others thing about it?
One. Fundamental. Reason.
I start thinking about how children, middle graders, and young adults look up to characters they read about, relate to characters they read about, and I start hoping I've got characters in my head who are worthy of being looked up to. I start hoping that my females are good role models. I start hoping that my readers learn lessons from my characters--not only personal moral choices, but life lessons. I start wondering if my readers can think critically about what I have presented to them, even if it's in the form of fantasy.
Then, after I've wondered all that, I wonder if I succeeded in doing those things as a WRITER. Because if I failed, it doesn't matter what I hope I've done with my writing, if I have not executed things very well, I cannot expect my readers to understand their lessons.
I feel I should be conscious of are my readers.
Not everyone will read my books and get what I hope they want out of them. Lessons can come in all shapes and sizes. They can be lessons about morals, self-love and confidence. They can be lessons about standing up for yourself, or standing up for others. They can be darker lessons--like revenge really isn't that sweet.
Whatever the lesson, I know I must be conscious of how I present it...of, really, how I teach it. I cannot be afraid to address things I want to address.
Because in the end, it isn't about writing so that people love your books. It's DEFINITELY not about censoring yourself. It's about writing what YOU feel you want to communicate, and as a result of that, people will love your books.
So, what do you want say as a writer?