Friday, April 2, 2010
Blog Chain: Chasing the Trends
This chain is brought to us by the trendsetting Michelle who wants to know:
Do you write for the market or for yourself? Why? Are there times you do both? Or times when you've written something specifically because it was "hot" at the moment? If so, how did it turn out?
I think the answer to that is that I write for myself. Deathday was definitely for myself. That I know of, horny boys with one day to live, isn't nor has it ever been a trend (though I'm certainly hoping it becomes one!)
After Deathday sold, I spent a lot of time trying to come up with the next idea. I definitely looked into writing something with a paranormal bent. I thought about writing something that maybe followed a trend, but every time I did, it felt wrong. I'm just not the paranormal kind of guy. I think if I ever wrote a vampire book it'd be silly. I also came up with some ideas that my agent felt weren't marketable, but there's a huge difference between trendy and marketable. Deathday wasn't trendy, but it had a hook.
The problem with trends is that if you try to follow one, by the time you write the book, revise it, sell it, revise it more, two to three years could have gone by and that hot trend could be cold.
I think the best advice I got was to write something you love, write something great, and don't worry about the trends. Who knows, maybe you'll be the one to start the next big thing.
So tomorrow head on over to the ever-awesome Christine's blog to see how she handles trends.