Updated: Jun 3, 2020
I’ve heard the argument that you should write what is hot in the market. I have a problem with that.
I'm referring to writing WHAT's HOT or TRENDING. Don't chase the trends.
I personally, have never written what the market says is hot. Or what agents and publishers are looking for. I believe if you write for the trends, you end up doing something that ultimately doesn't fill your desires. Unless the trend is what you like to write, then damn, go for it.
Not that I wouldn’t want my books or short stories to be instantly gobbled up, the problem is currently, I think, the market is hot for YA, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. None of which I can write.
I curse way too much to right a YA. And, there is no way parents would want their kids reading anything I wrote…they would probably end up needing counseling. Could I still do it? Sure. I’m a damn good writer, I could write anything. Might take me longer than my crime fiction stories, but I could come up with something. Would it be a hit, I hope.
The point is, I DON’T WANT TO!
I could care less what the market wants. I write what I really enjoy writing and because I do that, I put out very good stories, in a pretty quick fashion, stories that make me excited to share.
I can understand the argument. Write what will make the most money. But at the end of the day, as much I want to make money and pay off my house, or buy a new car, or pay for my sidepieces peck implants….anyway, I don’t really write for that kind of payoff.
I write what I do because I enjoy the characters or settings I create. I enjoy chasing the criminal, or solving the puzzles to solve the crimes, and I like killing people….I don’t want to write a coming of age book about a girl and her dog. That would be torturous.
Okay, with that said, if you write a really far out niche book, no one may read it…but if that’s what you like writing, then write it. Then figure out a way to market the hell out of it.
Because at the end of the day, that is what it will come down to…no matter what you write. You will have to get it out in front of the ideal audience. And that will come down to marketing and money.
However, if you write what you truly love and enjoy, the rest comes easy, or at least easier. As a writer, I spend hours at my computer, writing, editing, creating covers, creating blurbs, creating titles, and everything else that goes along with one book. Why would I want to spend all that time creating something I didn’t enjoy or like?
Yes, you can chase the dollar. If that makes you happy, do it. Kudos to you. But, for me, I choose to write what I truly love and enjoy.
I will say this, quit saying you’re going to write, and just do it already!!
I write crime fiction horror, thriller, and paranormal novels. My time in the Coast Guard and my degree in Forensic Chemistry helps me create fantastic stories. If I'm not writing, I am binge watching Netflix and probably drinking whiskey.