Popular Related Writing

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.

2 thoughts on “Popular Related Writing

  1. As a writer it is so easy to just want to freaking get published and read! So then you want to go with the trends. But I think that if writers are going to be true to themselves as well as having a better chance at writing something that lasts, they have to be true to themselves. They don’t have to avoid the pop culture if it’s what they want to write about, but the key is not to write what’s selling simply because it’ selling. And that’s a hard lesson to learn.

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    1. I agree completely. It is a hard lesson to learn. I’ve seen it happen more when writers are thinking about publishing rather than them just writing to write. Some of the best pieces I’ve seen is in workshops when the writers do not expect to publish at all.

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