Right on schedule. My obligatory annual post on my blog. Who says I’ve abandoned it entirely?
Ahem. Okay. Yes.
Sooooo. 2015 hey, how’d it treat ya?
It treated me a heck of a lot better than the previous year, I can tell you that much. I can now afford to buy things. Superfluous things that I don’t really need but convince myself at the time that my life will be ruined without them.
I guess 2016 will be about getting rid of all the crap that I bought in 2015.
But I digress, this is a writing blog, you’ve come here to find out about writing, not decluttering. So, I better get on point then.
Um. Right, so since I’ve been moderately successful in 2015 (although there are no guarantee’s that said success will continue,) it probably means I have some advice to part with.
So here’s my top five on what worked, what didn’t, and what not.
- Novels. Enough said.
- Romance. No brainer really, right?
- Browse the bestseller lists. You gotta know the hot topics right? P.S. No, I didn’t write a stepbrother romance. Yes, I probably wish I did.
- Don’t reinvent the wheel. Yeah, early on in my career, I tried to be different. Being the same worked better for me.
- Pare down the plot. My early romances were too plot heavy and didn’t sell well. Most readers just wanted to see two interesting people get down to it and fall in love (mostly in that order). Keep the plot relevant to the love bit, but don’t worry too much about all the Breaking Bad style twists and turns (unless you’re writing a thriller or some such of course).
That’s it. My new year words of wisdom.
Take them or leave them. I don’t mind.
Just make 2016 the best it can be.