What do readers expect from any successful or popular writer?

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  1. Beata Stasak profile image83
    Beata Stasakposted 6 years ago

    What do readers expect from any successful or popular writer?

    The first advice I have got from a well known writer was: " It is never been easy, the writer's journey, you are always on search to create something fresh and startling and bold, a new voice, a new way..." For me, the hardest thing is to get the reader to keep turning turning the page, thinking what does the reader really want from me...

  2. CCamoroso profile image59
    CCamorosoposted 6 years ago

    If you're talking fiction, the reader basically wants to be entertained. If the genre is non-fiction, then the reader wants to be informed.

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    SonQuioey10posted 6 years ago

    I think they want a bold, informative story, article, or which ever idea you're communicating. I think they don't really want to be able to predict where you, the writer, is going with what you're writing. They want it to hold their attention.

  4. MickS profile image71
    MickSposted 6 years ago

    To be entertained, to be able to suspend disbelief fo the duration of the story.

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    mcals71posted 6 years ago

    Well, honestly I'm no Ernest Hemingway. Now he was a writer! It takes a special kind of talent to write about special moods and situations in a way that can influence and entertain readers. People have different styles, from colloquial to casual to academic. Success and popularity depends on the ability of the writer to make contact with the reader in a way that the reader feels comfortable. The subject matter doesn't really matter. I was reading Brian Greene's "The Elegant Universe" and I was entertained even as I learned. Why? Because Brian Greene's writing style is clear, concise, friendly and colloquial and for all those reasons you enjoy spending time listening to him talk to you about the string theory, Einstein and quantum physics.

  6. annart profile image89
    annartposted 6 years ago

    Certainly to be entertained or moved.  An intriguing story with ups and downs, with a satisfactory conclusion (not necessarily happy but preferably!).  Above all, good writing; varied pace, effective imagery and plausible characters with whom one can identify.  A clever twist in the tale keeps you hooked!

  7. Sparklea profile image73
    Sparkleaposted 6 years ago

    As a writer, I put a lot of stress on myself.  I am constantly thinking, "Is this INTERESTING?" when I write.  I expect so much from myself, and especially from a book written by a popular author.

    That being said, to answer your question, "What do readers expect from any successful or popular writer?" - I expect an opening sentence that will grab me immediately.  Kathryn Harrison who wrote a meloncholy book titled, "The Kiss" is a good example.  Also Richard Paul Evans.

    I am drawn to a book written by a successful author if done in the first person.  I feel as if I'm sitting at a Cafe' with the author, and he/she is talking directly to me. 

    I also love a good quote at the beginning of a chapter.  I like simplicity.  If an introduction is twenty pages long, I usually do not buy the book.  In my opinion, a one-page introduction is plenty.

    I do not like books where I have to look up the meaning of words such as "inchoate," "fusillade," and "ennui."  All these, plus many more, were in a book that I read, and I had to have a dictionary nearby the whole time. I don't know why, but I get turned off with the word, "plethora," even though I know it means, "excessive quantity." 

    All of this is my opinion only.  I think everyone has their own unique tastes when they are searching for what they feel, is good reading material.

    Blessings, Sparklea smile

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    matama ellieposted 6 years ago

    What i expect from a successful writer is a story that temporarily removes me from the real world i live in and puts me in the character's world.If a writer can do that and manages to hold my attention in a way that makes me unwilling to stop reading,that to me is successful writing.

  9. Marturion profile image61
    Marturionposted 6 years ago

    I honestly can't say i know, but I had to respond because I love this question so much!  I know that when I'm researching book ideas, I do a LOT of interviews, trying to really find the voice for the book.  In the process, I get so much insight into people that I believe (hope, hope, hope) that this comes through in the final product.  One of the most rewarding experiences in writing The Rivers Webb was interviewing a 93-year-old woman who lived through the times I was writing about.  Her voice is still strongly evident whenever I read passages from the book.

  10. alancaster149 profile image86
    alancaster149posted 6 years ago

    I expect them to know how to cobble together a story, and if it's got any factual background to get that right. Good research is a must, but not to load the book with it - like Frederick Forsyth! I thought his DAY OF THE JACKAL was well wtitten, but too much detail. Bernard Cornwell's SHARPE is well written with enough research in the stories but not overloaded, like most of his other books such as the HARLEQUIN series of three books about an English archer in the Hundred Years' War. I haven't read AZINCOURT yet, but I'm a bit overloaded at the moment with writing my Hubs and trying to finish my own book OUTCAST.

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  12. sunbun143 profile image83
    sunbun143posted 6 years ago

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