There are some works of art that you will love. You can see why this book or film or painting or whatever has the reputation it has. You feel it.
Then there those things that are admirable, that are impressive, but your appreciation is detached and objective. You get it, but you don’t feel it.
And of course there are some works or art you have no idea what all the fuss is about. That’s natural—after all, art is subjective and we all have our own preferences.
When it comes to making art—in the case of myself and most of the readers of this blog that art being in the form of the written word—what kind of art do you want to make?
People prefer the art that they enjoy. You can’t produce something that will be enjoyed by everyone, but you can do it for one person, you. If you don’t enjoy the story you write, if it doesn’t engage you, it won’t engage others. Even if the thing that gets your motor running is fairly common place and unoriginal. Or obscure and unfashionable.
That’s not to say you should write stuff that’s horribly clichéd or ridiculously obscure. You still need to put in the effort to produce something good. But there are a lot of people out there who like the things you like, and the technology exists so you can reach them.
Shying away from something because it’s too popular, or not popular enough, isn’t a problem anymore. Well, not unless you’re a large corporation trying to stop the internet (good luck with that). For the rest of us, the market exists. Make it as good as it can be, and then put it out there.
This is my first A to Z Chalenge post, will be visiting as many blogs as I can this month. Will definitely be checking out anyone who leaves a comment or retweets. Cheers.