I was hoping you could help me here. I have a series of short stories that I’ve published and have a niche following on a couple of sites. I recently decided to take the story in a new direction and killed off the main character. It turns out that this character was a lot more popular than I thought. Now I’m getting some pretty negative feedback from readers. Many of them are begging me to take the piece back and write a new one… or find a way to bring her back to life.
I don’t want to disappoint my readers, but I really don’t want this story to just become redundant. What do you think I should do?
Tough call there, no matter which way you decide to go, you’re probably going to upset some people. You certainly don’t want to piss off your readers, but sometimes that’s not always avoidable. Where you take your stories is up to you and really can’t be at the whims of the reader.
I would honestly stay the course. Think of it this way, if you retract your latest story and write a new one, you may upset readers that were anxiously waiting to see where the story goes from here. So there goes part of your reader base, then you’ll be writing a monotonous story that you don’t particularly care for and your writing suffers because of it, which readers will pick up on. So you lose more readers that way, then you lose even more when they become bored of reading the same thing from you.
You may lose some readers because of what you’ve done, but fair weather readers typically can’t be pleased. Many of them will likely come back and get back on board when they see what you’ve come up with. You may even attract new readers.
In the end, I have to stand by the same advice that is my philosophy in writing; write stories you’d want to read. Write for yourself. That’s how I’ve always worked. I was never really impressed with a lot of stories out there, so I decided to write my own stories. I started getting good at it and before long I entered the publishing realm. That’s really the best way to go about it. If you love what you write, people pick up on that and the story is better for it.
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