There’s all this talk in the writing world about writing to the trends… Do people really do this? I can’t imagine sitting down and putting so much effort into writing something just because it’s what’s hot.
I’d like to say I have faith in my writing ability and could write anything, but the truth is I can only write what’s in my soul at the time. Writing to trends kind of reminds me of Jr. high/high School… with dressing to impress. At first thought, I’d say I never cared, but I have to secretly admit, when I got my first pair of scrubs (which were a big fad in 9th grade) I felt pretty special.
With my first two novels, I had no thought to what was “hot” at all. But the other day when I received input from an agent that said, “For whatever reason, I’ve been struggling with this sort of Urban Fantasy since last year and I’ve got a couple of unsold projects in a similar vein.” It made me realize that trends matter.
I want to write something that will sell.
And what’s funny is that I feel all this pressure to get my new novel done… because I feel like it could be the “next new thing.” I shouldn’t care, all that matters is that I write the story I know needs to be written and to do it well, but when you’re trying to go the traditional publishing route, you do need to be aware of trends. So yeah, I guess I feel a little bit of “peer pressure” just like I did in 9th grade to be sporting the new thing.
But on the other hand, I also think regardless of trends, if the story’s good enough, well, great enough (Because in this market, “good” isn’t good enough anymore), anything will sell.
Do you feel pressure to write what agents/editors are looking for? Have you ever written something for the sake of salability? Or are you totally indifferent to what’s hot or not?
Red. Head. Out. :D