Have you ever worried that your work isn't "literary" or "smart" enough?
"Marketable" or "accessible" enough?
Are these necessary concerns? Or do you find them stifling?
When concepts like these start closing in, do you work *around* or *through* them?
Great question! These are all valid worries and I definitely feel the push-pull between 'literary/smart' on one end and 'marketable/accessible' on the other. The answer we all want to hear (and say) is 'Write what you want! Worry about reaching readers later.' But the truth is that -- and especially true for independent authors who have to hustle to get noticed -- is that no one will get to read all your great work (and decide for themselves if they like it) if they don't know it exists. As an indie author, I always have to have marketability on my mind. But not so much that I end up writing something that I myself wouldn't enjoy reading. That's always how I calibrate: am I writing something I myself would enjoy? If I start veering away from that towards what I hear a certain target market wants, then I know it's time to start steering back.