Posted by: Genene Valleau
Current project: edits on a novella
Mood: Happy and productive (just not necessarily on writing!)
Me writing about trends is quite laughable. For as long as I can remember–and that’s a very long time–I’ve been out of step. The only girl in a household of brothers and male cousins. The only female in cheerleading tryouts who didn’t wear a short skirt. One of three people on the planet who have never watched reality TV.
All this doesn’t mean I haven’t yearned to be “like everyone else” at times nor did it keep me from making some dumb mistakes because I wanted to fit in.
However, I’ve never really anguished over whether to write to trends. Or maybe that’s because I write fairly slow and realized by the time I finished a book, the “current” writing trend would be a tattered paperback selling for ten cents at a garage sale.
I gravitate more toward classics that don’t go out of style: jeans and comfy shoes, suit jackets and tailored shirts, stories of people who overcome emotional trauma on the way to their happily-ever-after.
Interestingly enough, I’ve become bolder as I’ve gotten older. My suit jackets aren’t all neutral colors. The heroes in my stories don’t always have six-pack abs.
And I’ve met more people who don’t follow trends, which may be a trend in itself. Though all people may have some experiences in common such as birth, death and paying taxes–we are all individuals with different tastes in all areas of our lives, including reading.
What a boon for writers! E-book publishers especially seem to be open to stories that don’t fit neatly into one category or subgenre. I like the idea that there may be a market for stories like Minnette’s “romantic paranormal sci-fi fantasy comedy children’s book where the protagonist is a wizard, the bad guy is a gun-toting detective, and the heroine captains a spaceship full of six-year-olds who talk to dead people.” (See Minnette Meador’s post on April 9.)
What’s the most out-of-the-ordinary story you’ve ever read or imagined writing?