Friday, March 8, 2013

Sexy Ass Vampires

I'm at an age now where I realize I am never going to write that one story that just becomes a runaway smash success, and that's perfectly fine. I found my place in the writing world, and while it's not necessarily what I dreamed of, it affords me the opportunity to sit home and tap away on a laptop all day - no boss, no annoying co-workers, and no need to put on pants.

The thing is, I know that I could probably thrash out some competent piece of literary tripe that would do well, but is it worth it? Do I really want to pen the next mediocre vampire trilogy or write a novel about a time-traveling Scottish highlander who is sent into the future to meet his one true love who has been reincarnated in today's world? It appears that those are the 2 options that are open if you want to be a success in the self-publishing world....oops, silly me, there is a third that I almost forgot about - the bleak sci-fi story where you get to use "dystopian" in the description.

I am not bashing the people that put together these stories, I am simply wondering if they are writing what they love or what they think will sell. I put together short little stories that make my family members question my thought processes, but it's an organic writing method as opposed to one that I give any real thought to. I see or hear something, which makes me think of something else, which leads to a few words getting hobbled together where a little kid ends up getting nails through the head while he holds a dead cat.

Maybe I am wrong. Perhaps all of those writers were putting those tales together before Twilight became what it was, but it just seems that the amount of paranormal romance and vampire books available took a massive spike after the shiny vampire became a huge success. I hope that is the case, I really do. I want to imagine that everyone that takes the time to write is doing so because it is what they are passionate about rather than something they can cash in on.