Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Writing to Trends
I remember years ago when chick-lit was hot (and, I'd argue that it still is. Just check the books in the young adult section of your bookstore), I tried to write a book about a fun-loving, make-up wearing, clothes-horse of a girl and it was probably the worst bunch of gunk I'd ever written. It wasn't me. It wasn't in my heart and that story will never see the light of day beyond my hardrive.
Besides, I spend hours each day pounding my laptop's keyboard. I've got to write something that makes me happy and proud. Of course, my life would be a whole lot easier if I simply loved to write about vampires and werewolves and dystopian worlds. Instead, I prefer to read the stories of other authors who have far more talent than I do in creating these dark (and highly marketable) worlds.
How about you? Writers: Have you had more success in writing trendy plotlines than I've had? Readers: Will the world ever have enough vampire novels?