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when bad things happen to good stories

Something really amazing happened this week. I got an idea for a story, and I just sat down and started writing it.

Why is that so blogworthy? Because these days, when I get a new idea, I tend to give it the third degree.

The third degree goes something like this:

Hello, new story, I have a couple of questions for you, so please sit right in front of this blinding white lamp and try to get comfortable. Okay, here we go:

 Which publisher are you targeting?
 Who is your readership – i.e. give me the demographics, dammit!
 How many pages do you think you’ll be?
 Are you a dark paranormal or an erotica? You’re not? Damn you!
 You’re not one of those lightweight, quippy books, are you? Because if you are, just leave now and don’t embarrass yourself.

That in a nutshell is the third degree.

But this new story got a pass. Lucky for it, because it would have gotten all the answers wrong and I never would have given it the time of day. Instead, I’m already in chapter two!

Wish me luck!

Kate

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mizkit
May. 29th, 2007 09:28 am (UTC)
Goodness. I never put my stories through that kind of grilling. Poor lil' stories! :)
katedonovan
May. 30th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
grilled fiction
I wasn't always this mean. I've always loved every story idea, no mater how far out or speculative. It's only lately that I became bad cop.

I think waiting for the verdict on the time travel project is affecting my sanity. If it sells, I have two other similar ideas to develop. If not, well, I'll probably shelve those and concentrate on Bombshellesque romantic suspense. So every new idea seems to taunt me with the question: do I want to write paranormal? Or YA? Or RS? [the answer, unfortunately, is all three!]

miladyinsanity
May. 29th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
I've been doing that too. I really should stop, because then I decide not to write the Fun ideas.

I don't ask the third question though. Never have a clue. LOL.
katedonovan
May. 30th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
fun ideas
You're right, the problem with these questions is that they kill the buzz. Plus, you never know when a fun idea will develop into a real live book.

As for the book length, I've gotten pretty good at guessing how many pages it will take to tell a particular story properly. Now if only I could trade that semi-useless talent for the ability to write dark paranormal or erotica. (or even the desire to write them, because maybe the rest would work its way out)
ferfelabat
May. 29th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
OK THAT was funny. Now I'm thinking I should do that because these next two books? I have no clue about the audience.
katedonovan
May. 30th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
demographics
Here's my philosophy: Anyone can write a blockbuster -- something millions of people will read. But to write for a tiny-but-discerning niche? That's not nearly as easy.

Yeah, I'm kidding. But I love my niche folks anyway.

Are you talking about the sequel to revenge gifts? Or a new direction?

Nice seeing you!

Kate




ferfelabat
May. 30th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
Re: demographics
The sequel to Revenge Gifts already has a pretty rabid audience which seems to be growing. I still get email from new readers about every week to two weeks. I am writing a different series called "Snark". The first book is about a woman who is sucked into the Big Brother live feed world of recapping. The related website (when I get off my derrier and get it up) is SnarkUnderground.com I guess if I were targeting an audience for this series it would be people with no lives of their own looking to inhabit someone elses. Not for the traditional romance crowd.
katedonovan
May. 30th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
new stories
Even people with lives of their own like to inhabit someone else's for a few hours every once in a while.

In other words, I resemble that remark.

I'll keep an eye out for the underground. It sounds like fun.

As for the traditional romance crowd, yeah. They know what they like, and they want more, more, more of it. But egads!

My new story is arch YA anime lit. That's a brand new subgenre (as of five days ago) that will surely be successful. I like the idea of a website dedicated to it. I'll get on that right away!
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