For only a couple of hundred years, being relatable in writing has been the popular norm. But popular themes have their price. Now, writing about popular culture – while is good for readers – can get your piece hidden from the world in a sea of thousands of other written popular culture.
One relatable piece I’ve read recently is Mood Swings by Ajay Tulsiani. The main character, Safiya, tries to improve her life with her meditation class, but ends up with her emotions swirling inside of her in a bottled-up mess. She doesn’t understand her feelings as much as she used to.
Safiya’s character is relatable since she used to think she understood everything, but her life turned upside down the moment she interacted with her neighbor, Paloma. In one small interaction, everything changed. She didn’t express her emotions nor understand them as much.
I think at some point everyone gets that one event that messes up all their emotions. The normal every day routine changes because you’re not sure how to feel anymore. These emotions are strange, hard to define, but everywhere.
Stories like Ajay’s explain this feeling well. However, not many people know about this great story. For writers, it’s hard to get their relatable out there in the world.
To solve this? I’m not 100% sure. Marketing could help, but a person can only market so much. Social media only helps if you have followers to begin with. Perhaps, one day, there can be a place for unknown writers to make their mark together.