I love to write. The trouble is, I have such trouble figuring out what I want to write. I have several projects going, many of them I think could turn out pretty well. The problem is that I have no idea what would have the best chance of making it into print.
I know, I know: write what I read. Problem is, I read in all the genres I love to write.
I would love to do some steampunky YA, but I really want to do some dark fiction for MG boys. Not to mention, I love horror, scifi, and noir-ish crime.
I love supernatural elements, but don't like them overdone. For example, I like the Dresden novels, but sometimes, they're a little heavy on the magic and the trouble at the end of each chapter trope becomes a bit tiresome. I can almost see the puppetmaster's strings, and I don't like that.
So, how do I combine all these cool genres and stuff and still be identifiable within a genre, because we all know that's how the industry works.
I could do some kind of YA steampunk horror in space, but, man, that seems like overload. I just can't see a fifteen year old who loves tinkering and has a crush on the captain's daughter fighting off a steampunk cyborg that slips in and out of peoples' dreams and murders them while in hypersleep, or something.
Beam me up, Freddy!
So, here I am with a bloody brass cog spinning, trying to weave some kind of yarn that would not only be enjoyable, but also sell.
Back to grinding away the keys. Maybe tonight I'll work on that urban fantasy with fallen angels...