I’ve been kidding with people for a while that “Troll-Love” is going to be the next big thing. I mean we’ve had vampire-love, werewolf-love, angel-love, devil-love, faerie-love (the spelling is critical here), immortal-love (which is always weird because usually the guy is about a thousand years old and the girl is 16 – ick) and mermaid-love. So troll-love is obvious right? In this spirit I jotted down the word “trollogy” the other day, tittering at my cleverness. A romantic trilogy about troll love, how cute, thought I.
This is where we get to the happy ending to this story. I always ALWAYS start with Amazon when I have a shiny new idea. And guess what I found: TROLLOGY by Steve Barlow. Now apart from the horrendous lost opportunity of this not being the title of a trilogy about trolls, I concede this book looks pretty cute. It’s a middle grade adventure though, not a YA paranormal romance. So much for troll-love.
I don’t worry about ideas. Nothing I’ve written is strongly “idea” driven, “high concept” as we used to say in the screenwriting biz. Sometimes when I start writing something, I don’t even HAVE an idea. My verse novel AUDACIOUS (did you hear I signed a two book deal on Monday?) started out with the premise “a semi-autobiographical YA verse novel”. My current WIP is hardly an original concept (come to think of it, it’s practically troll-love) but I hope I’m bringing something new to the table.
Also, ideas are a dime a dozen for me. I have pages and pages of ideas. I have enough ideas to write two books a year for the rest of my life.
However, part of my writing process is to read what’s out there in the same vein. So I start with Amazon. I Google. I certainly don’t get attached to a great title. I want to avoid the tropes in particular, but also see how other authors approach a genre. I’ve been reading a lot of dystopian, because originally I thought my WIP might be dystopian. But it’s turning out to be more apocalyptic, so I’ll be looking at things like THE WAY WE FALL by Megan Crewe to get an idea of how authors are handling this.
The main thing is to try avoid what has been trending for a few years. Dystopian is OVER people. Angels are OVER. VAMPIRES are soooooo OOOOOOVVVEEERRRRR!
For now. All these things will come back. No idea is ever really done.