Do you write for the market or for yourself? Why? Are there times you do both? Or times when you've written something specifically because it was "hot" at the moment? If so, how did it turn out?
I hate to admit this, but when I first started writing seriously—as in an actual novel and not just journaling—it was for the market. I read a ridiculously popular book and thought I should be able to come up with something at least that good. Yeah, well. Writing is harder than it looks. But you all know that. :)
When I say I wrote for the market, I don’t think it was in the sense that most think of it. I wasn’t jumping on the vampire bandwagon or anything like that. In fact, I discarded any ideas I knew were already out there—at least when it came to plot or concept. And I get a little freaked whenever I come across anything that’s similar to my story. But that’s another post.
In terms of writing for the market, I focused on the main thing I thought was selling YA books—the love story angle, which I don’t think will ever go out of style. My first draft was very heavy in this area. Sorry first betas. :) That aspect is still a very important part of my current draft, but the plot is much more developed, and it’s a pretty original concept—I think. I haven’t read close to everything that’s out there.
The thing is, I may be writing for the market, but this is what I love to write, and I was very lucky to stumble upon the genre that was best for me on my first try. I’ve since tried more obscure ventures, but I always come back to the YA (sci-fi specifically) and everything I write has a love story angle.
So I guess it’s a mixture of both writing for the market and writing for myself. Ultimately, though, if I want to be published someday, I think it’s necessary to write for the market, at least on some level.
What about all of you? Do you write for the market or for yourself? Why?
Be sure to check out the very cool Kat Harris’s take on this, and don't miss the marvelous Margie Gelbwasser’s post tomorrow.