Recently, someone said to me, “so, since vampires are no longer in, are you going to write something else?”
Here’s the thing, I write what I like. I don’t write according to fashion or trends. I don’t write vampires because they were new/hot/now. I don’t write erotic because it’s new/hot/now. I just write the stories that come to me.
Sometimes, when I remember back to the not too distant past when I was just a newbie, I think about all the things I thought were important that, with the passage of time, have turned out to be not so very important at all.
One thing though, that I’ve always thought was integral to my own writing and to others’ writing as well has been staying true to the story inside you. And that’s borne itself out time and again.
I didn’t write the Witches Knot books because vampires were big at the time. I just wrote them because they were the stories and characters in my head. I write in multiple POV because that’s how the story comes to me. I write erotic when I’m meant to and not when it isn’t. It seems to me, the foundation of any good book is that the author told you what was clamoring in her had to be let free.
We all tell our stories differently. Some of us painstakingly plot out everything, some pants it the whole time and most do something in between. Some of us think in technical terms about our writing, some of us don’t. We use different methods and voices but the stories that stand out are not ones that are written as a means to hit a trend, but ones that rise above the rest with a take on an idea that grabs the reader. That can’t be boxed, it can’t be trended or mapped, it just happens. It’s organic in that sense and that’s why it stands out.
Writers put a lot of pressure on themselves – we constantly measure ourselves against other people in ways that will only leave us lacking. It’s silly and yet, we do it anyway. IMO, the biggest gift we can give ourselves is the freedom to write what we like so we can like what we write.