This opinion is not going to be popular among my writing friends.
And – Some of you might have noticed I’ve been talking more about science fiction, and entertainment on this blog rather than writing, or even my own books – that’s totally on purpose.
Those who have been following this blog know I often compare authoring, and movie making, or just plain storytelling to painting, or sculpting. There seems to be an accepted amount of artistic purity (on the part of the artist) permitted within those fields of art, which is generally not accepted among writers and storytellers.
Writers, unlike our compatriots in painting are expected to subject their work of art, or pulp to a series of Darwinian take downs disguised as “vetting” (by which I do not mean spell checking, or grammar fixes – that is the so-called technical things) that deconstructs whatever one’s own original vision had been, as indie authorship grows, and takes hold, this aspect has become part of the system.
The problem I have with this is. Often the advice given (though well-meaning) tends more to be a reflection of the person giving its own biases, and needs. One of the biggest issues I’ve noticed, people evaluate other people’s work by way of their own writing style, that is to say, we critique other people’s books based against our own body of work and expect for others writing to reflect back at us our own style. When it does not, we tend to not care for it. Look I do it as well, its one of the reasons I do not do book reviews.
Sure, I’ll tell someone, “Hey read that book” but I usually leave it at that.
I also worry about polluting a work with too many hands in the pot. I’ll admit I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to my style, voice, and final product. Telling a story is not like getting the kinks out of a computer game or a piece of hardware.
- Be a Storyteller First (selfpubauthors.com)
- Your license, please. (hopeofglory.typepad.com)
- Nurturing the “Writer – Character” Relationship for Empowered Storytelling (creativeinsideout.com)
Yeah, OK, I have a backlist of stuff to write, or edit.
As you know, I’m working on editing Falco Invictus: Under A Raptor’s Wings, which I do want to get out as soon as I am able. There’s the ironic spinoff Imogen Drake Series which I really want to launch soon. Ironic? Ah, well you know how all writers stick themselves into their work? Imogen Drake is supposed to be the ‘long lost sister’ of the main male character from The Falcanian Legacy Series - part of the editing on Under A Raptor’s Wings involves integrating Imogen into what I already have written. In any event, Sharr Khan represents me. As it turns out, this whole plot device is less fiction than I first thought…
Plus, and I really need to write about four more stories for my porn – even if certain people ‘don’t approve’ of it!
Trying to figure out what to tackle first however is a bit overwhelming. The porn sells, and has been doing so at a clip these days, my updated cover helped out a lot.
But the whole Falcanian mythos is my child… what to write? What to edit?
- Imogen Thomas tweets snap of her bum (thesun.co.uk)
- WATCH: Every Problem With ‘Prometheus’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Trusting the Author (To Make it Worth the Wait) (blog404.org)
- Blizzard’s writing used to be better (seanmalstrom.wordpress.com)
- The Thursday Throng author interview and BOOK GIVE-AWAY with Sadie S Forsythe, author of ‘The Weeping Empress’ (womanontheedgeofreality.com)
- A Writing Day (marshasusantracy.wordpress.com)
- Just Write It (khaulamazhar.wordpress.com)
- In Case There Was Any Doubt… (cultofajracewood.wordpress.com)