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Internet sucking my brain

I'm sure I'm not the only writer who occasionally gets lost looking at submission guidelines. I don't mean that I look at the submission guidelines for a certain market and misunderstand them.... I mean this daisy-chain happens where I keep looking at the guidelines for more and more fiction markets.

The vortex started innocently enough with an email from duotrope.com, to which I subscribe. I usually save the emails for "later" because I'm too busy, and then all of the calls for entry have come and gone by the time I get around to looking at it. So I happened to glance at the email in a timely manner, and surfed on over to the Duotrope website. Then I thought, "Oh yeah, I have a story I never sold and it looks like a good fit for this place," and then devolved into, "Oh, maybe I'd like to write for that place. I wonder what I'd write."

At this point, maybe an hour into "what if?", I generally need to put on the brakes. Selling that oddball story that never found a home? Fine. Spinning into weird fantasies about what you'd write for so-and-so? Not so productive. Probably. If they're not career-building markets, anyway.

I seemed to break out of my market searching trance by writing down the place where I'd like to submit my already-written story. My brain has accepted that as a to-do. I can move on.

I guess the part of the research that feels like it's pulling me off course is the part where I think about writing stories that don't really appeal to me, just for the sake of fitting into a new market. There was a place that needed sweet, non-explicit, het romance stories. It paid well -- that was the only reason, I think, that my brain wanted to go there.

And I could see if maybe I had an idea for a sweet, het romance burning a hole in my brain. But I don't. All the ghosts and decapitations and shit that I write? That's what I like to read. And more than likely there are markets I already deal with who will be happy to look at more of these stories from me, should I write new/more stuff.


Undoubtedly, if I started the sweet, het romance, it would just go all warped by the end. I tried to write a non-explicit het horror novel a couple of years ago and ended up throwing the heroine's brother into bed with her and her boyfriend. Then my kink-brain said, "Okay, now you can bury that file. I approve. It's done."


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Dec. 29th, 2008 11:23 am (UTC)
lol I'd love to read your sweet het story just to see what twists and turns it would take
Dec. 30th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
I couldn't even think of a plot off the top of my head. Whereas, if you said, gimme a paranormal plot, I could probably rattle them off all night.

I'll leave the sweet romance het market to authors who write it well. And who read it.
Dec. 30th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
True I don't read much het, too much heaving and gushing
It's scary and rather unappealing lol
Dec. 30th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
I think the right het would make me happy. It's the sweetness I don't care for, I think :D

(Torchwood Spoiler)

I remember watching Torchwood, thinking that the Gwen/Owen relationship was the hottest thing ever. Even with sexy Jack running around sucking face with other guys on-screen. I think it was the obsessive, forbidden, desperate quality to Gwen and Owen's attraction that made it smoking hot for me.
Dec. 30th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
Yes it was more realistic then the overly sweet, sappy het that is normally written

I'm picky about my slash too, it has to be realistic
When it gets too sappy and the men have lost all testosterone and the dialogue makes me fall on the floor laughing, well that's when I turn to the good stuff that you and Josh write and few others.
Dec. 29th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
Imagine if you created a character that was no fun for you but it became insanely popular, you'd be stuck! Look at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie's Poirot, they hated those characters but made good money cause of their popularity. Try to write what you can tolerate at least, or it could be very hard.
Dec. 30th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Oh, you're so right. It's one thing to say, "I'd never sacrifice my artistic sensibility for money," but what if the thing you wrote as a lark WAS a big hit, to the point where you think, "Oh, I could quit my day job," but the catch was you had to keep on writing more of the same. I could totally see that happening to any author.
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