How do you feel about your readers’ book interpretations?
As a writer, you have a reader community who absolutely adores your book. If you’re new to writing, you may not have a huge community, and that’s okay. Your ideals readers are out there somewhere, so just keep writing!
It’s important to understand that not everyone will like your work and THAT IS OKAY! It’s difficult… nearly impossible!… to write something that will please everyone on the planet. People will interpret the books in ways you didn’t intend, whether that be good or bad. We all think differently, and celebrating those differences is a part of your writing career.
What are some instances that readers will interpret your book differently than you and how can we build our understanding that this is normal?
The main areas that readers will interpret your book differently is in:
- Plot Points
Readers may not like a certain character’s sense of humour or views of the world. This may take away from the enjoyment of the book, or it’ll only be a minor nuisance to them. THIS IS OKAY. Depending on who a person is and where they are in their lives, it may be hard for them to identify with the character. They could have differing opinions from what the character voices, making it difficult to read their dialogue or inner monologue. It’s no different than dealing with someone in real life. Not everyone gets along!
In plot points, your readers may have their own ideas on what should have happened. On a positive side, they might read more into a scene and emotionally connect with it more than you expected. You’ve worked hard to develop a plot that flows well and is exciting in all the right places. Unfortunately, some readers may not enjoy your genre, or expect more or less from a scene. This is personal preference and THAT IS OKAY. Everyone has ideas on how something should be written, and what they are looking to read. Your book may have just reached them at an inopportune time.
The same is true for themes in a book like family, murder, self-discovery, loss and grief, etc. Some people may not connect with the themes of your book because they haven’t experienced the same things or it’s hard for them to explore certain sensitive topics. They may also take positive lessons away from it that you didn’t think of yourself. All of this is OKAY.
Each person thinks differently and has various expectations for a reading experience with each book. You can’t control the way others act, think, or feel. As a writer, you can only focus on creating the best and most entertaining book that you’re proud to put your name on. Some readers won’t understand the messages you’re conveying, and some may surprise you with new ideas.
Learn and Understand
None of this makes you a bad writer. In fact, it makes you an experienced one! Writing is a learning experience from the beginning to the end. You get to know what works and doesn’t for your unique style and your reader community.
Though it’s important to understand what some readers may not enjoy, always keep in mind that there are definitely readers who love you. You have a unique storytelling technique and not everyone will understand it. That doesn’t mean you have to change yourself to please the few readers who have criticized you.
When you write for yourself, it makes it all the more enjoyable! Always remember to be yourself in life and in writing.
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