In literature, like in everything else, to be relevant is to be yourself in the most unique way possible. Mimicking others in an attempt to secure a piece of their fame will not work, for it will make it harder if not impossible to brand your name as a credible author. What makes you a beloved writer is that uniqueness, that little extra one can only find between the lines of that page-turner that keeps him guessing until the last chapter. Being able to excel in multiple genres is always helpful. Creating convincing characters, however, is more important, especially if you are a mystery writer, a genre that focuses heavily in character-development. Respect the rules, of course. Above all, be yourself.
Note: Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine . He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Studies at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.
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