Where do you go to create a great book?
Is it a place or an event that inspires you? Or is it from a state of mind or an emotional moment that you are moved to pen a powerful story? Is your imagination, perhaps fueled by art and the writings of others, what transforms you into a writing machine?
Do bad things have to happen to good people, so that enough pain and suffering will seed a good story? Does one need to be on an illegal drug high to see past the haze of routine and normalcy — and to write a book? Or must one be in mental anguish, suffering not from poverty or a traumatic event or a handicap, but just from their own body chemistry?
Addiction and suicide, death and disability, racism and gender identity conflict. Are these the seeds to some of the ingredients of today’s popular stories?
Just where does writing genius come from?
In the world of writing, is normalcy not valued?
Who gets attention? The one that is different.
Gay is in; straight is out. Black is in; white is out. The disabled, the incarcerated, the crime victim, the accident victim, the cancer patient… the list goes on. They all get attention in books. In fact, what I just stated was more true a few years ago. Now, you have to further distort things. The extremes need to go farther, and more unusual twists are needed to satiate the experienced, if not jaded, reader.
Everything is perverted. Our goal to spotlight what is different and unique somehow gets bastardized into being normalized.
Our writing is likely a product of one part DNA, one part training, and one part experience. Some stew of a combination of these elements dictates where our creativity comes from. There is an inverted ratio at work: the more crazy/crappy your life, the better the story you will tell. Nothing much comes from normalcy, mediocrity, and the ordinary.
For a book to succeed, the level of absurdity or normalcy needs to be elevated. Anything else is just blah, blah, blah.
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Brian Feinblum should be followed on Twitter @theprexpert. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2022. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent. This blog, with over 4,000 posts over the past decade, was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and two jobs at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Susan RoAne, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, IBPA, Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. He has been featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. For more information, please consult: linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum.
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