As I gear up for my next big project (ie, novel), I’ve been thinking a lot about what kinds of stories I like to read and how that impacts the sort of stories I want to tell. I figured it might be interesting to have the list (so far) posted on my blog. Maybe some of you reading will post your own lists (hint, hint).
Things I like to read about/want to write about in fiction:
Fighting. Crimes. Sex. Serial Killers. Details about day to day activities I’m not familiar with. Training montages. Bad-ass people doing clever, bad-ass things (note, these characters don’t have to be the protagonists, I like bad-ass antagonists as well). Love stories. Space stations. Starships or outposts in space in isolation type setting. Post-apocalyptic. Kick-ass, detailed magic. Anything that reminds me of a table-top RPG (ie I could envision giving the characters stats and seeing how the world would be laid out etc). Happily ever after enough endings. Series. Epic world-building. Secondary characters strong enough to merit their own books/stories.
That’s my list so far. I’m sure it’ll expand as I think of things or find things and go “hey! THAT! I love THAT!”
The next project I’m working on is the first book in my e-pub novel series. The website for the series will be up shortly and then I’ll make it its own post. What excites me about this project the most is that I think I can cover a lot of the above list in just one series. (Not the space-station stuff, alas). I’m going to be writing something that I fully love, with nothing in it I don’t. Sounds like fun to me.
I’ve got a lot lined up, actually. We’ll see how much I get to by the end of the year. And I’ve got a pile of short stories waiting on final consideration at various markets with “we’ll tell you by X date-ish” dates coming up in the next few months. Lots to be excited about and lots of work to do.
So, fellow writers (and readers…): what are your favorite things in fiction? What are your reader cookies?