I would like to take a moment to be really honest with you guys.
I appreciate the attention my writing gets. I appreciate every like, reblog, comment, all of it. I really, really do. The positive comments and constant love keeps me going most days.
But I noticed the other day that my most popular work is my romantic/shippy things. I mean, this is for obvious reasons. It’s what people want. And people read what people want. That’s why I have an influx of romance/shippy prompts in my inbox (I think 15 of the 21 prompts are romantic in nature or include a ship). I don’t totally mind this. I’m happy for the attention.
But I prefer horror/dark sci-fi and I noticed that work doesn’t get nearly as many notes.
And by that, I mean I’ll get 40+ on a romance prompt fill and then I’ll be lucky to get 15 on the darker pieces.
I don’t want to sound ungrateful, please don’t think I am. The problem is I want to make a career for myself writing this darker stuff. I get horror isn’t for everyone, but there’s almost only likes and no reblogs on those darker pieces and it’s killing me. I almost feel like I’m wasting my time writing these things even though I’m far more passionate about them.
It’s part of the reason I’ve been in a writing rut with prompt fills. The romance is fine, it’s just not what I’m passionate about and I’m losing my passion to write all prompts in general because what I am passionate about it’s getting as much attention.
Am I doing something wrong with those pieces? Is there something I’m missing? Are they just not connecting? Are people just not interested? Are they not willing to reblog darker material?
I need to know.