Selling my soul like a pimp

I’m so sick of writing crime fiction right now. I don;t like the clues or the plots or any of the other things that make writing crime fiction so much freaking harder than other kinds of books. If I didn’t have to worry about money or marketability or any of the realities of publishing I’d be writing a voice-driven semi-autobiographical literary novel full of interesting people talking and doing interesting things.

But no, I’ve got to try crime fiction. I love reading it, but I’m wondering if I’m really capable of writing it. I’ve tried to work on my plottong skills, and they’ve been getting a little better, but they’re still not where they need to be. I know there are people who write the type of book I’d rather be writing and then casually throw in a simple crime to be solved just to make sure it gets onto mystery readers radars. Can I be one of those people? I’m having a mid-writing-life crisis and I don’t know who I am as a writer any more. I know my characters and my voice are there, but I’m really having trouble finding the right story to put them into.

6 thoughts on “Selling my soul like a pimp

  1. “If I didn’t have to worry about money or marketability or any of the realities of publishing I’d be writing a voice-driven semi-autobiographical literary novel full of interesting people talking and doing interesting things.”Sorry, I didn’t realise you were doing this to pay the bills. Write what you want, man – if you’re interested in it, it’s more likely that other people will be too, right? Stop thinking about the bloody market and write what you want to write…

  2. My thoughts exactly, Ray. Bryon, you’re overcomplicating! There are plenty of writers who work in several different genres. Is there a reason you think it wouldn’t work for you?

  3. Write whatever the hell you want. If you were trying to do the freelance writer thing, you wouldn’t be writing novels and short stories on spec. You’d have lots of clients and be writing stuff you had no interest in reading or writing. (Otherwise you’d have starved to death a while back.) But as it is, you have a day job. Even if you hit it big in the genre fiction market, you’re going to have a day job for a while. A day job is supposed to suck. The things you do when you get home are supposed to be fulfilling.

  4. Or write a whiney semi-autobiographical coming of age novel… halfway through BLOW SOMETHING UP… and then worry about it from there.It’s the best of both worlds.

  5. Agree with what everyone is saying here. Also would ask, Have you always felt this way about writing crime fiction? If the answer is no, maybe you’re overthinking this particular project, or maybe you’re pushing yourself in new ways (you mentioned plotting) and right now it burns those new muscles. But if the answer is yes, by all means write your fantasy book, the book you want write. You’ll have a far better chance of selling that one.

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