My advice: be aware of market trends, but always write what you want to. But… isn’t that contradictory? Not necessarily.
For many people, November kicks of NaNoWriMo. While poets and picture book writers may not participate, some likely do, and being a fiction writer myself, it’s something I’m attuned to for my own medium. So how do I feel about it?
There are so many parts to writing a book, and looking back at my completed novel, it looks like it came relatively easy (even though I know it wasn’t, I’m having a hard time remembering the early difficulties). But now I’m at the start of the process again, and I’m coming to the realisation that many authors have talked about before: even if you’ve written a book, it doesn’t mean you know how to write this book.