“You may as well write what you want to, because there’s no predicting what will sell.”
I was listening to a writing podcast the other day and the guy being interviewed said to make money at writing you should ‘write what’s popular’. I guess to a certain extent it’s true. Give the people what they want, the customer is always right and all that. But then I was reminded of the above quote by the incredible Judith Guest.
And then the indie publishing guru guy on the podcast tells me to write what’s popular.
So lets go down the list of most popular genres in my chosen field of YA. Sci-fi? Not really. Fantasy? Nope. Magic? Pass. Dystopian thrillers? Can’t get into it. Romance? Not yet.
So, I’m pretty much screwed in the “popular” department.
“If its happened to you, it’s happened to someone else. And if you can conceive of it happening to someone else, it probably has. And if you can describe it in such a way that you believe it, then other people will too. I think if it’s true for you, its true for everybody.” –Colson Whitehead
I write what I want to read. My debut novel is about two very normal teenagers in very abnormal situations. I think that’s interesting. I think other people will think it is too. I hope to make money from my writing, and I hope to branch out into other genres of literature someday. But I don’t think taking place on planet earth sometime around yesterday makes your story not worth telling. If you have a story in your head, don’t decide not to write it because you don’t think it’s what’s popular this week. Next week might be different. My advice is this: Always write and write and write…let the readers do the rest.
“People resist fiction because….in this era of voyeurism and confession, there is still a fear of putting oneself in another’s shoes.” –Helen Benedict