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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!]

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