4 Reasons You Should be Taking Risks with your Fiction

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

Playing it safe gets boring. Writers who take chances end up pushing the boundaries and get conversations going. And when conversations get started publicity will take off.

  • Station Eleven
  • Age of Miracles
  • The Golem and the Jinni

What do these books have in common? They defy category. They took risks and they paid off. They step outside our known boundaries, but stick to universal human emotion–that’s how we relate to their worlds.

4 Reasons You Should be Taking Risks with your Fiction:

1. Memorable is better than derivative. Nothing will make people remember like something they’ve never read before. Agents included. We are always looking for things that we can’t forget. When we say “we’ll know it when we see it” this is what we’re getting at. If we can’t forget it means that when we send something to an editor that they won’t be able to get it out of…

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4 thoughts on “4 Reasons You Should be Taking Risks with your Fiction

    • It really is. It’s advice that came at the right moment too. As I’d been feeling that my story is a bit lacking. And just when I realized I’m playing it too safe with my story, I came across this post. So I just had to reblog it.

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