traditional /trəˈdɪʃ(ə)n(ə)l/ adj
1 being part of the traditions of a country or group of people
2 following idea or methods that have existed for a long time, rather than doing anything new or different
3 something I struggle with being
This is the 21st century. The time for traditionalism has come and gone. We want something new, something extra! Goodbye vanilla, hel-lo chocolate mint swirl.
This frame of view is something that we can see everywhere. In music: from Mendelssohn to Frank Sinatra to Avicii. In Movies: from Sound of Music to the Greatest Showman to Black Panther. And, most of all, in writing: from Jane Eyre to The Hunger Games to Everything, Everything.
If you wanna do something that’ll be something, you gotta think so far from the metaphorical box that people will wonder whether you knew the box existed in the first place. Who cares about a good plot, fantastic character development and emotive language when you can tell a book in a series of twitter DMs! (Follow Me Back, I’m looking at you).[Not that those kinds of books don’t have the aforementioned. I’m just trying to state a point]
It’s extremely hard for a writer who grew up with traditional books, like moi, seeing what she is used to being exchanged for something she isn’t sure she likes that much. True, no one’s forcing her to try and change her book into an Instagram page, but when everywhere you turn you see books changing, it’s quite hard.
So, with the world evolving and all that ish, what is a person supposed to do? Move with the times? Preserve the old? Or somehow find a way to blend the two together.
This is something that has bothered me for a very long time now, ever since I found out about the unconventional books. I know writing should be for you, not the audience, but isn’t it every writer’s dream to be accepted for their works?
And if the world is gravitating to what one is not used to, does that mean that your work will never be accepted?
I feel like this post was more than a rant than anything else because tbh I’ve been thinking about this a lot (mostly in relation to Wattpad) and how I honestly don’t know what direction my writing should take any more (if that makes any sense). How many of you feel this way? Am I the only one? Tell me all your observations in the comments!Recommended1 recommendationPublished in