Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Insecure Writers Support Group

It’s time for another edition of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, hosted by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

It is wonderful to see so many writers publishing their fictional works, either through a traditional publisher or by self-publishing. This makes me wonder as I wrap up my next (non-fiction) book - will I ever attempt another fictional story?

There is such a learning curve with writing. I’m not sure at what point we finally get a handle on things, but for me I don’t think I really knew what I was doing with my fictional work until Book V of my YA series. (I’ve since read a lot of big name authors say they wish they could redo their first few books, so I’m not alone.)

It’s not just the learning curve. Promoting and selling fiction is much more difficult than non-fiction. (I’ve done both.) Speaking engagements and media interviews are so much easier to acquire when you’re promoting a non-fiction book.

The genre of the fictional story I’m contemplating has me worried. Not to mention the fact that it’s an anthology of four novelette length stories. With a working title of “Four in Darkness,” the stories center on a ghost, a werewolf, an alien, and a vampire. Toss in that all four involve a romance and that lands the title right in the middle of an over-saturated genre: paranormal romance. And in two years, that genre will be on the wane or dead.

So what do I do? I’d really wanted to write something different from realistic fiction. I certainly don’t want to ever do YA again. But paranormal fantasy/romance? Do I really want to all but kill myself promoting a fictional title again? Maybe I should just stick to non-fiction now.

27 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Write it anyway! You just never know.

shelly said...

Yeah. I agree with Alex. Write it anyway.

Jemi Fraser said...

You've already got so much thought out in your head, you've GOT to write it! Have fun with it :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Change is good and I say go ahead with the non-fiction. You're right about a fiction story going kaput in a couple years.

Karen Walker said...

I read something recently - can't remember where, that asked the question, "Can I not do it?"
Karen

Jo-Jo said...

It sounds quite interesting! I think you should just let the story take you where its going. Good luck!

Powdered Toast Man said...

Are there any babies involved in this paranormal romance? I want to know what a zombie/alien baby would look like.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Alex planted a seed in my mind about writing a book about Daniel...very tempting to try but have never written anything but poetry.

Yvonne.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Most of you say go for it. Maybe I should.

Powdered Toast Man, I can work one in for you.

Cherie Reich said...

I say go with your gut. If it tells you to focus on non-fiction, do that. If not, then write something else. If your new story is calling for you, then it might be what you need to write. By the way, I think the novelette anthology sounds awesome.

Nicki Elson said...

If the stories grab you and you want to write them - write them. Worry about the marketing later. And the novelette length seems to be right on target with continuing market trends, so that's a definite plus.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I'm with Cherie. Keep following your gut and your heart. You'll find your way.

xoRobyn

Donna Shields said...

I'm with everyone else. Write it. It'll be something a little different. And I want to know about that alien cross baby myself.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

It sounds like you already have a plan in mind.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Choices, choices. You'll make the right one.

Stephanie said...

Go with what feels right. If the story is burning to be written, write it. If it had to get out that badly, some part of you must be willing to do the work to see it sold. Whatever you decide, good luck.

Tonja said...

That is a tough question. I'm not sure what I'd do.

I really like your posts. I read through the last several. New follower.

Donna Hole said...

The original concept for my women's fiction trilogy was a set of four noevella's under the series title Our Sister's Story. As I wrote the first, I started finding I could explore all four concepts with one character, over several years of growth. Some of her friends filled in the gaps with subplots.

So, I say start off with your novella's, see where they take you. You're a much more experienced writer than when you started Circle of Friends. I'm sure you'll know how to explore your concepts.

........dhole

Lynn said...

I like the saying, "It is not the equipped that are called, but the call that equips." If you know in your heart that you need to write your fiction story, trust that the time, effort in selling will be blessed. If it is the wrong path, may you know and feel peaceful taking another direction.

DL Hammons said...

Follow your heart! If you find yourself continually circling back to that story, then that's where your heart lies and and you should dive in!

Happy 4th! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Cherie, thank you.

Nicki, that is good to know.

Thank you, Tonja.

Donna, that's good to know you've done something similar.

DL, I've circled the wagon many times with this one.

cleemckenzie said...

I hear you about wanting a change. I think that's why I hopped over to Middle Grade fantasy. It was a nice way to escape all that YA angst. Not sure what to do next.

I'll bet you'd be great at non-fiction. I'm thinking that might be the way to go as well.

Happy Insecure Writers 4th!

Madeleine Maddocks said...

It's such a dilemma. I guess we must all write what the heart enjoys most. Good luck.

I've decided to launch an ebook novella and I'm learning that the publicity is as important as all the rest.

Bish Denham said...

I say write the story anyway. Whether or not you publish it is irrelevant. Write it for you, because you want to.

Maurice Mitchell said...

L. Diane, promoting your work seems like the hardest part. My brother's a published writer, but it took him years and a lot of effort. Worth it though!

- Maurice Mitchell
The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr
@thegeektwins | @mauricem1972

Karen Lange said...

Alex is right; you just never know. The problem with the learning curve is that about the time I think I've sort of "got it", it changes. Oh well, keeps me on my toes. :)

Have a great weekend!

dbryantjohnson said...

If you have a story that needs to get out, then write it...even if it is just for yourself.