I was "there" once. I was in the zone - creating, publishing, promoting, conferencing, etc. I was excited to be where I was. But something happened along the way. I can't put my finger on what exactly, but somewhere along the way I became disillusioned. Frustrated. Apathetic.
I gave up.
So, now I'm trying to get "back" into the zone "again". Life intrudes sometimes, but I know that isn't really an excuse. Life is always going to be there. There is always going to be something distracting from work, something more enticing, more necessary to be done. So, how to get my mojo back?
I don't know yet.
But I'm trying.
I pulled up my current WIP and started looking at it again. I joined some Meet Up groups to see if that would help jump start me, get me excited about the whole prospect again. I am writing here. Tiny steps, but moving forward.
Sometimes I feel that I'm not "current" with my writing. I just saw a bit on the daily shows about a local author who made good with his first book. It's being made into a movie already. Why? Well, besides good writing (I am supposing, as I haven't read it) it's current. It's about zombies. That's all the rage now. Everything is zombies. I am still back when everything was elves, vampires and magic. That appeals to me. The walking dead does not. No matter how hard I make myself try. Just not going to happen.
So,then - do writers need to adjust and write to the current trend merely to sell? Or do they try to write what they love and let the dust fall where it may? Keeping in mind that the dust may never settle anywhere. Do I keep trotting out my stories of elves and magic and fun, in a time of walking dead and chaos and angst? Or do I sit back and wait to see what will come "back again"? That seems a sure road to oblivion.
So, for readers - are you tired of the old trends of elves and vampires and magic and romance?
For writers - do you forsake what you truly love, and write to trend?