I picked up an old copy (2009) of Writing Magazine and read a article on the debut novelist Hilary Dixon.
Apparently, she read in the Guardian about the dearth of love stories in the literary world. So, she wrote a novel, When Rooks Speak of Love which is more about love being seen as the primal element rather than as a romantic sentiment.
However, her style of writing meant that it was a struggle for her to get published – 18 rejections later – she was successful with Solidus publishing.
If a novel isn’t easily pigeon-holed, then mainstream publishers may not find the book interesting as it isn’t easily marketable.
Against my views, I wrote a more people friendly ending – but somehow it grates with me – I like the darkness of life to be reflected – and let’s face it , endings are often grim, painful and dark.
With my current WIP ,there is one death in the pipe line – but the death serves a purpose to the plot.
I liked this quote from Hilary Dixon (2009) –
“Try to define yourself as a writer. It’s the act of writing, not the fact of being published, that makes you a writer.”
So cool 🙂
Ian Rankin (2009) advises- “To become a writer, you have to believe in yourself and in your work.”
Oh yes, I hear you 🙂
I’m re-writing first 3 chapters of current WIP after feedback from youwrite. The last one was harsh to start with but then gave me 5 out of 5 for characters & plot – but the harshness has made me read over & over again with a red pen in hand.
I am avidly reading books & articles on dialogue, character and so forth which makes me return to my work with a critical eye – I am either enthused or sinking in the pool of ‘is it worth it?’
I think I write in the genre of Black Romance – does that exist?
If not, it should, & I name it now, as that is what I write.
Happy Word Flow One & All