I haven’t read much in the genre I am currently writing in. Mostly because I don’t want to be influenced to write a certain way by osmosis and also because it makes me a little nervous when I do.
I have read in the periphery of my genre, classics, darker and more complex stories than what I write, but I stay away from what I specifically write. In fact, I don’t know much about what’s out there.
Not a very good business plan – but do I write for business or just because I must?
Last night I stumbled upon a series of novels recently published in the genre I write. I had no idea they even existed. Suddenly, everything I though was fresh in my own story felt stale. What am I really bringing to this?
There is nothing new in my writing, I thought. I’m still a little in shock from my findings and frankly I found it hard to motivate myself to work this morning. Will an agent ever thing that what I have will sell? Is my market saturated?
I bet I’m not the only one, in fact I can think of a few people who wrote vampire books who thought the same thing.
What saved me (just a little – I’m still panicking) is to stick with the habit. I won’t know until I finish this book and send it out. The worst to happen would be that it won’t sell, even to a small press. I will still have finished the whole story and have gain experience in the process.
Forward is the only way.