Not Writing What I Want to Write

By on Mar 8, 2016 in The Scrawl |

One of the hardest things for me, as an unagented author, is to know exactly what to write. That may sound strange, but let me explain. Stephen King likely doesn’t sit down before his computer and ask himself, “Should I try to write a romance?” I would imagine that John Scalzi doesn’t spend days trying to decide if he should write a western. Could either of those men do either of those things? No doubt in my mind. I would love to see Stephen King’s romance. I would be just as happy to read Scalzi’s western. If you have a look at my books, you’ll see I tend to write all over the map. I write, primarily, genre fiction like sci-fi and fantasy and its variants, but my most recent book was historical fiction. No fantastic elements, really, whatsoever. I have written nonfiction. I have written literary fiction. I have written YA. I have written what...