How to Write a Book You’ll Hate

Most authors worry about how their book will be received by others. What if people hate it? What if they leave a scathing review? Well, writing a book everyone will like is easy! Anyone can do it, right? Wrong!

If you want to write a book everyone will hate (including you), here’s how to do it:

  1. Don’t settle for one genre. Add a mixture of all of them! Try writing a romantic-mystery-thriller with horror elements and a feel-good ending. Or an erotic-Christian-epic fantasy book that appeals to readers of all ages.
  2. Be original. If you write about magic, people will accuse you of copying Harry Potter. Same with erotica. You don’t want anyone to compare your work to 50 Shades. Write something so unique, readers won’t have any idea what it is.
  3. Follow the latest trends. It’s silly and self-indulgent to write what you like. Your book is for the readers – not for you. Jump on the latest bandwagon and write the book you think everyone else will enjoy.
  4. Introduce a lot of characters. The key to hooking the reader is crafting characters with whom they can identify with and root for. But what kind of character will resonate with all readers? Since all readers are different, it’s impossible to craft a single character that will appeal to everyone. That’s okay! Writer several different types of characters (70 should do the trick) and introduce them all in the first chapter. Readers love that.
  5. Steer clear of controversial topics. Some readers are easily offended. Avoid upsetting your readers at all costs. Be sure to avoid sex, violence, politics, religion, guns, sappy romance, and scary monsters. If there’s any doubt at all – eliminate it!
  6. Sex sells. So does violence. Put a sex scene in every chapter to keep that reader turning the pages. Add a couple of shoot-outs and a murder too. The more gore, the better.
  7. Use a lot of big words. The more times the reader stops mid-sentence to consult a dictionary, the better. Also, readers will feel extra smart if they’re reading a book with a lot of big words. They can read excerpts aloud so their friends will think they’re extra smart too.
  8. Don’t edit. You don’t time for that! Readers don’t want to wait for your next book in the series. They’re impatient. They’re busy. So slap that book up on Amazon and write the next book, already.
  9. Strive for perfection. If your book isn’t perfect, everyone will hate it. One error will ruin the whole thing!!! Edit and edit again. And again. If one beta reader hates a tiny element in the book, you should probably rewrite the whole thing. Or start over again. You can never be too careful.
  10. Take advice from all the experts. Writing experts are everywhere. Read the articles. Follow all the rules, even the ones that seem contradictory.

It’s impossible to write a book everyone will like. Some readers only read books with lots of steamy sex, while other readers hate it. Some readers prefer fantasy while others only read political thrillers. You will never ever please everyone, so why try?

Write the book YOU like. Create the best book YOU can write and be proud of your work. Just write!

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22 thoughts on “How to Write a Book You’ll Hate

    • If YOU like the book, that’s all that matters. You have to write for yourself, though many of the experts will disagree with that advice. You’ll never please everyone, so why not make yourself happy? (I don’t hire a professional editor either.)


  1. Never a truer word spoken. If I’d listened to people when writing White Mountain, I probably would never have started. Dragons were old hat, fantasy was either sugary Harry Potter or getting gory and gritty with plenty of sex like GRR Martin. There’s a place of course for both of them, but I wanted to write MY story in MY way. It won’t be for everyone, some will want it to be Harry Potter which it’s not, others may wish it was grittier like George Martin, which, though it has battle violence and plenty of menace, it is not either. You’re so so right. You HAVE to write for YOU. Every genre has its grandmaster, that person who dominates the genre and everyone is compared too, Tolkien for fantasy, Agatha Christie or Conan Doyle for detective crime, Barbara Cartland or Jane Austen for romance etc etc. So, to try and avoid comparisons is like trying to hold air, it’s impossible. If people want to compare your work to others, they will, there is nothing any writer can do about that, except hope that it’s a favourable comparison. Lol, I’ve never read any HP, know nothing about it and haven’t seen any of the films yet someone said my novel was exactly like Harry Potter! But for a writer to try and change their work for fear that someone may compare it to someone, is a hiding to nowhere. Just write what you love and what you know, what fills your head, dreams and heart. Hope that people will love it, but don’t write it for people to love. Great post, Tricia! 😀

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  2. Oh, this is my kind of list! Fantastic, incontrovertible work you’ve done here. I especially love number 10. I’m going to get T-shirts and motivational posters printed up with that one.


  3. A fun post! Though I like mixed genres, but they are a really hard sell to most readers. I’ve actually read Christian Erotica Lol! The Christian aspect was that the characters were married and in love and no one had to call anyone master…
    #7 really killed me!

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