The Next Bestseller

bestsellerWhich would I prefer to be, an obscure novelist whose work will be admired and studied by a select few for decades, or a popular paperback author whose books give pleasure to millions?

The best selling author, absolutely.  Sure it would be fun to earn a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize for Literature, but that isn’t me.  Would I prefer to have someone writing boring essays about the real meaning behind my writing, dissecting my novels in some college literature class, like James Joyce’s “Ulysses” (which I still haven’t managed to get through)?  No.  I want to entertain as many people as possible, to give them a little fun and escape.  Bring on the popular paperback market for me.  If I do want to say something brilliant, I’ll write non-fiction under a pseudonym.

I was going through my old journals and found the entries when I was writing my first novel for NaNoWriMo in 2011.  I had so much fun doing that!  The words flowed and I wrote a nice little mystery story, if I say so myself.  Every now and then I think about editing it and doing something with it.  I miss that writing and want to get back to it some day soon.  The few people who have read it enjoyed it.  I’d like more of that in my life.  Creating something that people can kick back, put their feet up in front of the fire on a rainy winter day and relax while reading.  That to me is the best.   Thanks, WordPress, for asking.

Written in response to WordPress’ Daily Prompt:  A literary-minded witch gives you a choice: with a flick of the wand, you can become either an obscure novelist whose work will be admired and studied by a select few for decades, or a popular paperback author whose books give pleasure to millions. Which do you choose?

 Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.

5 thoughts on “The Next Bestseller

  1. I’ve wanted my books and stories to be adapted into other media, ever since I’ve been writing them. Still do. Hell, I’d love to see fanfiction of my stuff! Instead of, you know, me writing it for other people’s work. I’d be like a dog that’s found the Holy Grail of garbage to roll in.

    But I would HATE the slashfic {{shudder}}.

  2. I’d prefer the popular, entertaining bestseller route too. I think it would be interesting to write something cryptic enough that it had to be analyzed, but if were being analyzed the wrong way, that would drive me crazy! “What do you thnk she meant by…”

    You should do something with your Nano mystery! I’d love to do NaNoWriMo again, but November is one of the busiest months in my job and I haven’t been able to do Nano in 3 years. Once my situation changes, I’ll get back to doing it again. Can’t wait for that.

  3. Best seller for me too. I really just want to make people laugh a little. I’m not really sure I have a novel in me but I think I have a lot of short stories. I love reading mysteries so I hope someday I will get to read one of yours!

  4. Like you, I would prefer to write popular books enjoyed by the many rather than a stuffy writer of brilliant works. Books have entertained me for most of my life, I would like to continue entertaining people.

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