If you want to keep an audience, you have to give them what they want. Many writers hate this advice. But it’s true (in my experience.) That doesn’t mean you have to write the same thing over and over. Although some writers appear to think so. Your audience has to like you. Your writing. Your stories. It’s a package. You can write different things and expand your horizons as long as you shine through in your writing.

I am fortunate that I have a few readers who will read most of the ridiculous variety of things I write. And I am so grateful for them. As I could never be content writing in a niche. Or a single genre or topic. I LOVE variety. And write a variety of things. But I always try write them well, and with my own writing voice.

I see a lot of “write for yourself” advice here. Which is fine if you are writing as therapy or a journal. But not great if you want to keep an audience. You need to keep them in mind also. You can’t be too self-indulgant too often and keep your audience. Unless your audience likes your self-indulgence. And some do!

Your Henry James stories appealed to me because of your writing voice, as well as the stories. Which made me more willing to read your other topics.

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