Writing is really subjective. One person may love a book, the other may hate it. Popular books maybe be read with enthusiasm or sneered at. One genre may be all you read, another will be ignored at all costs. There is a huge variety of books out there and sometimes there’s many that are really similar.
My own writing causes me the same division of opinion. I think of an idea and think wow that’s so original and then pick up a book already published and think boo it’s already taken! I write a story that I really enjoy, that I’d love to read myself but I know there’s a lot of books like it out there. Will agents still go for well written stories or just look for the next trend. Who knows what this trend will be?!
I currently have three stories on the go. One I have enjoyed writing and is similar to books I enjoy but I feel publishers will see it as over, that it won’t stand out on the shelf, there’s too many “like it” already. I’m thinking of putting it up on here as a promotional story instead of putting through the query process (will anyone read it though?:)). The other two I feel are more original in plot, that they would stand out more and I might try and write both at the same time and see if one jumps ahead or perhaps query simultaneously as there are different genres.
What I struggle with most though is time to write. A full time job plus a long commute makes writing time tricky and a lot of evenings I’m so tired I can’t face pulling out the laptop. This weekend I want to get some solid writing time in. I also need to invest in a new printer as my one’s not working for some reason (probably it was too cheap to begin with and has just given up the ghost) as printing out writing is really crucial for effective editing and I need to push myself to finish something and start querying again. I need motivation somehow. I really want this so I have to go out and get it! Well, stay in and write it but you know what I mean!
At least I hope I can 🙂
Any advice for fitting in writing time?