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Every writer has a different method for getting the words down for the story that needs to be told.

Which do you think should come first – the market or the story? 

I used to write what I wanted and then tried to find a market for it.  I would spend a lot of time revising the piece so it would fit the market.  This was a bit of a waste of time and didn’t do much service to the story. 

Now I do a little bit of both.  I write what I want with an eye towards the market or the theme.  If it fits, then I submit it.  If it doesn’t fit, I save it until I find something that seems like a good fit.

Mirrored from Amber Stults - Book Reviewer and Author.

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celestialgldfsh
Oct. 13th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
It's a lot easier to find a market and then cater directly to it; that's one reason I like essay markets so much. I have several good stories that remain homeless, and some I haven't ever submitted at all.

themosh
Oct. 13th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
I have no idea...

BUT

My landlord, Bev Sninchak, is a successful author and such, I know she speaks frequently about things that you asked here, in her many online venues. She writes self help books, as well as romantic novels.

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If you friend her, just let her know you're my friend :)
rhondaparrish
Oct. 13th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
In general I think it's best if the story comes first, though I've recently started getting invited to submit to things. This is not an opportunity I'm ever going to pass up lightly so I've been trying to teach myself to write to the topic/market as well. It's going okay...could be better though LOL
davisac1
Oct. 17th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I almost always write to theme these days. It doesn't always end up where I expect, and occasionally it leaves me with something that no other market will ever want, but themes are great inspiration, and deadlines are a great kick in the pants.
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