Alex J. Cavanaugh where totally insecure writers can get together and share the things that are making us go argh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A while ago , I wrote about not having the natural writing
skill that some others are just born, this month I want to address the
other thing that I have always lacked: popularity. Or rather my ideas
have never been popular. I’ve
always been somewhat of an outlier but it’s never really bothered me
until recently when I’ve come to the realisation that the way I see
things, my plots and characters, just don’t have mainstream appeal. As
much as some writers and some readers will pretend
that certain popular tropes don’t exist, they do, and they’re not the
kind of thing I enjoy reading or writing.
None of my novels have love
triangles, not all of my characters are attractive, often my heroines
aren’t “nice,” and I don’t prescribe to competitive
female behaviour which is so prevalent in the YA genre. For a long time now I’ve thought of myself as a
writer in the way that Michael Bay is a director. I like all the flashy,
action stuff without much emotional substance behind it. I don’t care
that it makes sense as long as things are blowing
In an attempt to break out of my comfort zone I tried to write one of these tropey novels. I've written all of two lines in two weeks. Clearly this isn't working out and I am now trying to make peace with the fact that what I write will never be wildly popular but maybe I can find my small niche of readers one day if I JUST KEEP WRITING.