We’re either trying to catch up with the last big trend in writing, or trying to decide what the next craze will be. The problem is no one really knows. Who knew a girl with a dragon tattoo would be big, or a bunch of kids involved in hunger games would become so big? Nope, the next big craze is out there dancing just out of our reach, taunting readers to discover it. Short a crystal ball, we’re at the mercy of editors who are trying to figure out the same thing we’re trying to figure out. What’s the next hot topic?
The things we hear. “Write the book of your heart,” “Take a new slant on the current trend.” Super.
I’d say, so write the book of your heart, but be wary. Some editors may love it, but if they don’t, know it isn’t personal. That isn’t going to be easy because you’ve poured your heart and soul into a manuscript. And to think its only address may be the bottom shelf on your bookcase isn’t an easy one. I’m not saying don’t write it. Just don’t put all your eggs in that vessel.
Now for the thing you may not have heard. Write the book you want to read. I know, you’re thinking of the book of your heart. Don’t. It may be the story you want or even need to write, but is it a book you’d pick up and buy? Think about it. Is it? Instead, think of the last book you paid for. What was the theme? The setting? The characters? It was a book you wanted to read badly enough that you laid out your hard-earned cash for it. That’s what you want others to do for your book. So take a look at your reading list and think about what you want to read then write that book. Chances are if you want to read it, so will others.
What do you want to read?