I currently find myself torn. I’m wondering if I should start trying to earn money by producing some articles for magazines to build up my skills and my experience before embarking on writing a novel.
I just don’t want to write a novel that is shit. I don’t want to find myself going back over it to try to improve the writing, the structure, the characters, the POV because I didn’t have enough practice before I started the project. I realise that I could write short stories in the meantime but I find that this distracts me a little from cooking up the characters and plot for my novels. I say novels as I have more than one in mind.
I’m also having another problem; which genre should I be writing in? Do I have to pigeonhole myself or can I float around on the cusp of a genre or two? My tendency is to write dark tales but some of my ideas are clearly sci-fi and others are more fantasy. Then there are others which are downright horror.
So, what would you do? Write to make some money (if I’m lucky) and get some practice before I launch into the big project or just go ahead and write the darned thing now?