When vamps were hot, that was not the time to start a book on them. It takes time to formulate a storyline, edit, beta, query, then connect with an agent, a publisher, and finally print. By that time, the bus has left the station and the audience looks at romantic vampires as yesterday’s 8-track tape.
Well, um, present company excluded but you get what I mean.
Write the genre you love and forget the markets. Write what makes the Slinky tumble down the stairs for you.
For me it is Fantasy, in every form. Epic to YA, I don’t care. Sci-Fi is a close second.
I’ve given examples of great self-help books about writing and plot conception. But here is another tip that is nearly as important: Read.
Read books that you love and note how an experienced author creates a scene, the flow and cadence of words. Note the writer’s use of nouns and verbs.
Take a favorite book and dissect it. It might point the way to the road of success.
For me it is The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. I look at it with the eye of an editor and analyze the method that so captivated me from the start, the whys and hows to good writing.
Use experience as your base. What books do you use as examples of writing?