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Trends

One problem with getting published is trends. What is popular? What are readers craving? There’s a lot of discussion if writers should follow trends or not. I can’t write something based off a trend. So if unicorns riding Segways becomes a must in stories, you won’t see me writing it.

It does makes sense why good stories get rejected. Maybe the topic was all the rage two years ago, but now the market is saturated, and everyone else is sick of it. It’s time to move on to something else.

I’ve found a good way to identify trends is reading Literary Agents requests when submitting books. This may not always be the case, but I wonder if it’s because they’re going off what readers want or what will become popular. There’s no way to predict what will be a best seller, but one can try to be proactive in that aspect.

Anyone else have input on this? What are your thoughts?

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10 thoughts on “Trends

  1. Never write to a trend. The moment you start chapter one, the trend is over. The only exception is when a publisher comes to you with an offer in hand to write something that is currently trending. Odds are you’ll have a tight deadline, but you’d be crazy to turn down the opportunity…and money. 🙂

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  2. As a counterpoint, if you see a trend that you can put a truly unique personal stamp or spin on, I don’t think there’s a problem with that. With the sheer volume of writing out there it’s *extremely* difficult to be 100% original and get noticed nowadays, and I think that’s why many writers try to jump on a trend. One of my favorite things to do is look at things that USED to be popular long ago and have fallen out of current fashion, then try to come up with a novel concept or story. The “everything old is new again” philosophy.

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    1. It’s hard to be original, it seems everything has been done and I often question myself in my own writing. I like your point on “everything old is new again.” Thanks for commenting!

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      1. I can’t remember where I heard it, but the author being interviewed said their writing really opened up after they realized it’s almost impossible to be 100% original these days, and they realized what needed to be original was their voice. That statement really changed my approach, since I was also struggling quite a bit with trying to come up with ideas no one had ever thought of. Now I try to focus more on cultivating a unique voice as an author.

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