Holy crap, I almost missed the IWSG post two months in a row! Please don't take me off the list, Alex!
Revenge of the Space-Surfing Butt Monkeys has been available now for three months. I had several stories about its launch I wanted to share, but the summer has been crazy. I've been travelling, and I'm actually writing this post from a hotel room on my phone to make sure I get it posted before Wednesday is over.
So those stories will have to wait. Instead, I'll answer this month's question:
When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?
I don't think I've ever set out to make something specifically "original" for the sake of being original. Usually I write stories that I find entertaining, which is often a twist on an existing idea that I myself would like to read.
I have, on occasion, explicitly strived to give readers "what they want." This is always however for a very specific group of readers. I've mentioned in the past that most Christmases I written a book or story for some of my family members, and they're always tailored to be something that those family members wanted. Some of my other writing projects are currently on hold, to tell the truth, as I work on this year's holiday story. I knew this one was going to be more ambitious than usual, so I started it early. Wish me luck.
Anyway, that's it for today. Hopefully I'll get back on track soon. How is everyone else's summer going?
Hugs & Kisses,