My answer is always to ourselves. Write what you want, write how you see the world. There is no one who can say whether your world is unrealistic, unless of course the people do not really face any consequences from their actions, nor any effects come from it.
And well, I dislike those who appeal to the market as it can change within a few years, the trends will change. Previously we saw a lot of paranormal books, these days it is tilting more to the superhero genre.
Most importantly, is that we as writers should be writing what we wished to read but never existed. To me, writing is personal. It is something like leaving a piece of your soul in your work, and that is how the work is original. As no one can ever copy the way you write things, the way you view things.
That is what I like stories which often explore a much more unique world, or take an already overdone idea and twist it in a way that makes it refreshing.
And right now, even when I’m asked to describe which genres my stories will fall into, I end up scratching my head. Because, it just doesn’t exactly seem to fit one. It stands out on its own.
That to me, is what writing is all about. Writing something that only you can write, and can make, but no one else.
And not copying the market, for I feel that there a lot of books which simply exists but have almost no meaning behind it. Those are the stories which I always forget when I read. As you can see quite often, that those books which sit upon the top of my list have something they wish to say, something that personally belongs as the words of the author. Or the worlds are unique to the author themselves.
Even those which don’t fall into having a meaning, a lot of them are entertaining and bring something new, a different an fresh kind of story as compared to others.
So, always write what you wish to see, write it in a way that you think is right. Don’t ever think that your work might be considered outlandish or unrealistic, just remember, it is always those works which leaves the biggest impressions in their minds.
What do you do to make sure that you’re writing what you want to write, and not what the market wants? Leave it in the comments below.