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    Seven Things that will Doom Your Novel

    Pretty good article. I disagree with Number 5, because I've seen too many novels published in recent years that clearly do exactly this.

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    Way too heavy on the sarcasm for my taste though...
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    I thought it was a pretty good article. I think Number 5 I have mixed feelings about. You do have to just write what you write and hope for the best. But studying the market isn't a bad thing to do either. I don't mean just sit around and jump on bandwagons, but knowing what "type" of books people read will lead you to success if you're careful. Meaning more like studying the history of what people have read and more than likely, those trends will come back around. I think having a "voice" is important, because you can write the 90,000,000th vampire romance story and still make it yours if you have a strong enough voice and vision.
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    The “write to the market” thing has some basic issues, Rush Limbaugh fairly well "invented" talk radio, Tom Clancy "invented" the techno-thriller. So if you have good stuff you can create a niche that was not there before.

    Now if you are selling to a publisher of a certain niche market then by all means write to that market, but if you are looking for a wider market, write for the wider market.

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    Good article. Loved the humor and sarcasm
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    #5: the key is the last word..."only".
    Writing for the market to some degree is good, unless you are truly trail blazing as Robert said.
    But if you write -only- to the market, you are taking the same old thing and shuffling it a little, nothing original, merely a immitation of something else.

    TV is selling to the market, they are rehashing the same worn out shows rehashed. When you see the new shows, look at them and drop them into the prime time categories, and they will probably fit comfortably with some other show.

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    I'm mixed on this article. I feel like it's like the sayings 'write every day' and 'show, don't tell.' It's advice to follow, but it's not exactly groundbreaking.

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