I recently read “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by Anthony Doerr. Doerr also wrote Pulitzer winner “All the Light we Cannot See”. These books are very different from one another in tone, genre, storytelling, etc. I thought both of these books were brilliant. I think Doerr is an exceptional author.
I know people who have read both of these books. Some are like me and thought both books were great. More people I know, however, didn’t appreciate Cuckoo as much. They were disappointed that it wasn’t like All the Light. They assumed the new book would be written the same way as the old book. They were disappointed in Doerr.
Do we, as readers, have the right to have expectations of an author?
Take me, for example. I wrote a post a few months ago. One person commented that it wasn’t “fun” and they read me to have “fun”. They were basically disappointed in me because I tried something different on my blog.
Do I, as a blogger, owe you, the reader of my blog, anything?
Do you expect me to write the same thing every day, in the same way?
Or do you accept that my writing and my blogs will evolve over time, as I evolve over time?
Do I owe you anything?
I hope that my writing is slightly different every day, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. My hope is that I am consistently learning, and consistently growing. I hope my posts are different that they were last week, last month, last year, ad infinitum. I will be very sad if you tell me that my posts are the same- that you can assume the next words that I pen every time you read my posts…
I also need to occasionally visit the other side of the box. I did bloganuary to try something different- to see what it’s like writing from prompts. FYI- I don’t think it’s blogging- I think it’s answering questions and those are two very different things. I’m also working on a side project with another blogger that will take over my first Friday’s of the month.
Sometimes you need to try something new.
If fact, I think everyone should try something new every day when it’s possible. With writing, it’s possible to expand a little every single post…
But to the original question:
Do you have expectations of the writers that you read?
Do you see how I compared myself to a Pulitzer winner?