March IWSG: Should We Change What We Write to Gain Success?
I'm in a good place writing wise at the moment. I just finished act two of my WiP, urban-fantasy/ paranormal-romance, The Order of the Ancile Book One, and I'm eager to get started on the final act and climax.
Being close to finishing (around 20k words is close, right?) I can't help but think of the future. Whether I decide to self-publish or query with the hope of traditional publication, one question keeps coming back to me ... is urban-fantasy still popular?
I feel confident that my story is original, interesting and well-written enough to stand against other titles in the genre. My worry is, am I writing in a dead genre?
I see a a lot of talk that urban-fantasy/ paranormal-romance is dead. That it's lost the popularity it had a few years ago. That agents and publishers aren't interested in it as a genre.
While I've grown past doing something just to be popular or jumping on a bandwagon, I do wonder if I'll have an up hill struggle getting noticed with a book in a genre a lot of people seem done with.
So what's the answer? Stop working on it, and start a new project in a more marketable genre?
I do really enjoy contemporary romance. I read it sometimes, and I have a few contemporary ideas, but whenever I try to write them, I feel like a spark is missing ... a paranormal spark. I like coupling my romantic storylines with a secondary storyline of something supernatural.
I'm the same with the TV shows I watch ... most of my favourite have a romantic element combined with a fantasy/ paranormal/ supernatural element.
For me, reading and writing are a form of escapism, and nothing helps me escape more than exploring new, unusual worlds.
So I'm left wondering, should I just say to hell with it, and write what makes me happy, or Should We Change What We Write to Gain Success?