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  • Andrea Torrey Balsara

ISWG August 2022



August 3 question - When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?


I wish I could cater more to what readers want, but if I don’t feel something in my bones, if

it doesn’t deeply interest me, my writing is flat. Since my interests are outside of the

mainstream, it means I am usually looking at indie publishing, whether self-publishing or

through a small publisher.


I am in awe of authors who write authentically but whose work hits the pulse of the times.

In AWE!! I loved Divergent, and The Hunger Games, and even the first Harry Potter book.

For me, I think my best hope is to keep expanding my field of interests, keep a “learner’s

mindset,” and trust that if I love what I write, someone else will too.

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Guest
Aug 06, 2022

You have a beautiful website, Torrey! What beautiful work you do. Truly magnificent. Bravo! Never stop trying, my dear. Your work, your art matters in today's world. I'm sure of it. Have a beautiful weekend!

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Guest
Aug 06, 2022
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I am Victoria Marie Lees at https://www.victoriamarielees.com/

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Guest
Aug 05, 2022

If you're not afraid of the voices within, you've nothing to fear from those without. Write first for yourself, second for accolades that quench like rain in the desert. I see from your impressive portfolio that you have two creative outlets - lucky you!

~ diedre

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Guest
Aug 04, 2022

Not all of us can hit that big genre. I never have, even after five books. But that's all right.

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andrea9103
Aug 05, 2022
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Yeah, I think it's kind of like lightning striking. If we wait for that to happen before we love what we do, we may never enjoy where we are.

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Guest
Aug 03, 2022

I knew when I first started out with my writing, I'd never be a household name and I'd probably never pass a traditional publishing gatekeeper much for the same reasons you expressed. Trying to write to someone else's parameters just sucks the magic out of the bones.


I hope the pulse of the times rushes your way on occasion, that way you can write as you feel and it'll be a mainstream hit!


Loni Townsend (https://lonitownsend.com)

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andrea9103
Aug 05, 2022
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Thank so much, Loni! 😊


I'm going to go check out your website. I never seem to be able to leave comments, but at least you'll know I visited!!

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