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?
A month ago, I started a new book, it’s about a woman getting over a terrible ordeal. It started off with a bang, the words were flowing, my word count was insane. Then it stopped. My ideas slowed down and soon I was staring at a blank screen. It’s a story that isn’t a very happy one, and it began to affect my mood.
I’ve discovered when it comes to working on certain projects, I have to feel it. Writing a happy books makes me elated, writing a deeper book can bring me down. I can’t write a book for the sake of writing it, I need to feel what the characters feel. I’m sure other writers feel the same.
So in the case of the deeper book, I work on it sparingly. When an idea strikes I’ll add it, or if I had a bad day that moodiness can help bring it to life. It sounds strange but it works.
I wonder how paid writers feel when they’re forced to write a book with a deadline. Does it make their craft suffer? Do they become a jerk to everyone around them?
In my personal experience, some of my best ideas stem from what I felt that day. Let me know if you feel the same.
Bigfoot, Giant Squid, Lochness monster, Jersey Devil. Is there any truth to this stories? Damn I hope so. I have to post his topic now, since it’s October. I also have a slight obsession with things that aren’t supposed to exist.
Washington has a lot of Bigfoot sightings, which happens to be the state I reside in. I’m well aware one is more likely to come across a cougar than a Bigfoot. But how cool would it be? Considering you don’t get eaten or mauled.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any stories of ever seeing anything remotely like this. Wish I did!
Since I can remember I’ve been into the supernatural and wondering what’s really out there. I like to keep an open mind. Just because no one has “real” proof, doesn’t mean it’s not real. Maybe I’m too hopeful.
What do you think? Do you wish something to be real that hasn’t been proven?
Do you like scary movies? I sure do, always have since I was a kid and my mom didn’t catch me watching them. My older brother would rent them and I’d sneak in the living room to watch. I like all genres of movies but love horror in general. I’ll pretty much watch any scary movie even if it’s cheesy.
Everyone has different tastes in this genre and that’s okay. Horror depends on the person experiencing it. What is scary to someone may not be scary to you. Clowns are terrifying to some but they’ve never bothered me.
I’ve always been a huge fan of horror and since it’s October I’m going to share some of my favorite scary movies. Some of these are old classics and some are new favorites.
Here are some of mine
The Conjuring- Ed and Lorraine Warren
Child’s Play- This movie scared the crap out of me as a kid. Dolls will forever be creepy.
Evil Dead/Army of Darkness- Bruce Campbell!
The Thing (1982)- Pretty good gore and Kurt Russell
Dawn of the Dead- I think the remake is the best one so far
Annabelle- Creepy dolls again
Paranormal Activity- It’s what you can’t see that’s terrifying
Friday the 13th- I watched way too many in my teens
Nightmare on Elm Street- My brother used to scare me with the bladed hand.
Ghost Encounters- This is a B movie, but I thought it was scary for a low budget.
After I post this, I’ll think of several more but these are ones that stand out.