Write bravely and edit meekly.
This was said by one Benjamin Gorman. And what he meant—or at least what I got out of what he said—Is that your first draft is for writing with careless abandon. Just get it down. Be brave by letting the words flow without sensor.
The time to be meek is in your edit—that’s when your wild tangents are to be tamed and cut back. That is the time to reconsider your words.
Write your passion.
You can’t predict what will be popular when you finish your manuscript, so write the story you want to read. The story ONLY you can write.
When Susanne Collins wrote The Hunger Games, dystopian was barely on the writer’s map. The year before The Hunger Games was published; the big books were Eclipse, Harry Potter #7, City of Ashes, and The Book Thief. No dystopia on the list that I found of the top 100 books.
Since the success of The Hunger Games, dystopia books have glutted the market so that nobody wants them anymore. Kind of like what happened after Twilight and vampires.
So, the lesson to this is—go with your own gut, don’t follow the market, because the market is a fluid entity, changing with the winds of life. But like fashion, it is also a rotation cycle.
Sure, dystopia and vampires seem to be dying out—but chances are, they’ll be back. May not be today, tomorrow, or this week. But they will be back and if you’re working on one, it will be ready when the market comes back around—even if you have to sit on it for a while.
Write bravely and follow your passion.
What more could we ask for?