Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Write What Sells or From Your Heart?

As I finish the final edits of one project, I'm starting to mull over ideas for my next. But I'm faced with a fork in the road, and it's almost an impossible decision. When I began my first project, I wasn't worried about if it would sell, because quite frankly, I never dreamed I'd try to get it published. But now I want to. If not this, then my next. Or my next. Also, the one after that. You get the idea. But here's the thing: I'm not sure what to write. I know YA is hot right now, and I have a pretty good idea for a YA paranormal romance that DOESN'T involve vampires, werewolves, or ghosts. But then there's this OTHER idea I have for a high-concept women's fiction, one that would be so fun to write I wonder why someone hasn't done it yet. But I shy away from this one, because YA is hot like Mexico (thanks, Lady Gaga) and quirky women's fiction is hot like...well, Tennessee, for instance. Sometimes it's hot, sometimes it's more frigid than the Waffle House. So, what to do?


  1. I think you should write what you love, it will be better than doing something just because you think it will sell. Besides, I always hear romance sells, too. If you are going to spend 6 months to a year on something it should be something you like. :)

  2. Write from the heart. Writing is hard enough, and doesn't pay well enough to do it for any reason except that you love it :)

  3. Just write, you do it well so no matter what it is, it'll work! You must tell me this idea of yours though! I will tell you if it's good or not.