Writers are not here to conform. We are here to challenge. We’re not here to be comfortable—we’re here, really, to shake things up. That’s our job.
Writers are to make people think. Present situations the public perhaps never gave full considerations. Or has been put it on the back burner of the psyche. A writer’s job is to bring it to the front and make people think it. Appeal to the social consciousness of readers.
Alienating readers isn’t something, I believe any author set out to do. But unfortunately, sometimes it happens. I have read many new authors’ works where they changed the course of their work to appease one or two readers. It’s thoughtful of them to do so. But they put the true craftsmanship of their work at risk. A lot of times the additionals added, sometimes do not flow with the storyline.
With a new author the changing can be very tempting if the heralding voices are loud enough but it can also destroy your entire story.
Stay the course.
In writing a book you’re like a captain sailing a ship. You must hold it steady. If you lets the helm spins every which way and follow the currents of the winds as in ancient times sailors sometimes did; they ended up more lost than Homer’s Ulysses. The same can happen with your story.
First of all, writing is something that take courage and lots of it. Yes, there will be some who will punish you for not conforming. But you must be willing to believe in what you write and keep writing it.
For example: Some of the greatest literary works, like “The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, and the writings of Ethan Allan Poe, and ” Moby” by Herman Melville,” no one believed in them when they were being written but these authors stayed the course and didn’t give in to those who disagreed with them and in their stubbornness they gave the world masterpieces.
Actually, Melville ran the risk of tar and feather for what the real parable behind Moby. He was being polite when he described them as motley crew. The allegory of the story was about what can happen when you climb aboard a ship of fools.