Packing Heat 064: Isn't That Special?
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My novel Hemovore just came out in ebook. (Paperback will follow in Spring of 2010)
Check it out at Samhain Publishing, and read the first chapter free!
Specializing vs. Generalizing
My friend asked me if I thought she should specialize more in her writing. I was able to think of some pros and cons for both of those tactics:
Practicing same theme is like practicing a piece of music
Gather an audience
Develop subtle variations on your themes
Flogging a dead horse, wearing out your series' welcome
Your main specialty may go out of style
Kid in a candy store
Visit all your various ideas
Join in anthlologies
Stretch your comfort zone
Look like a trend chaser
Incohesive body of work
What would critics say is your "trademark style" — even if you haven't got one yet, what would you like it to be? Mine was "raunchy sex" for a while there, according to critics. I've progressed to "dark humor."