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.

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I don’t understand the problem with Vanilla tbh. It’s a classic

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]
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Yes, it’s in French. No, I couldn’t find it in English

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?

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I wanted to find a better image, but couldn’t

Oseremen A.


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!

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Oseremen A.

Oseremen is a fourteen-year-old author who just wishes that she could be locked in a room with her laptop, a pair of headphones, good internet, and a truckload of books. She claims to be a walking contradiction and dares you to argue otherwise. She is currently working on her first novel.

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2 comments

  • Wow, I know exactly what you mean! I’ve seen a lot of interesting books written in the form of poems that weave together to tell a story, with social media (like you mentioned), or even entirely of dialogue. I think they’re unique and fresh new reads, but I don’t in particular think they are dominating the world of fiction.

    I think all of us writers should write in the style we love best. There will always be readers who will love your book for what it is!! And hey, if all books go to a weird Twitter format, then you’ll be the unique one with unique fans 😀

  • For me, I try not to worry about voice, or having my work recognized for being crazy different, I just let my soul scribble down the stories that interest me. Each person in the world is unique in one way or another, and the true special-ness of each one of us will shine through the second we stop worrying about what to be and just be.

    Great post!

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