Call yourself a writer?
Have you ever noticed how many how to articles apparently written by supposedly successful writers are on offer these days? But can they truly call themselves successful I wonder? Most seem to be total unknowns with a chip on their shoulder; completely obsessed with something like the old chestnut show, don’t tell. Then there are the anal retentives, equally obsessed with what they perceive as the misuse of the humble apostrophe and comma.
How to articles are springing up everywhere of late. The social media site Facebook is infested with them. I signed up for a Facebook writer’s group several months back in the naive belief that it would be an outlet for writers to offer work for discussion. Instead, I was disappointed when every day that I went to it I found nothing but endless numbers of how to articles or far worse, someone jealously trashing a successful writer’s work.
To all of these individuals I merely say this – thinking about writing or talking about writing or worrying about writing is not writing.
Unfortunately, these days Goodreads is also infested with the same disease. There are endless discussion groups dedicated to tearing apart the work of successful authors. To give you an example, one of Goodreads’ groups is dedicated to trashing the work of Dan Brown. Who gives a damn about the quality of his writing so long as you enjoy reading it? Dan certainly doesn’t, he’s laughing all the way to the bank. The guy found a formula that works and he’s milking it for all its worth. Good luck to him says I.
It is my firmly held belief that there are far too many failed writers out there spewing bile and bad advice in their new guise of armchair critic. The classic example of this is the number of poorly written reviews for practically any book you care to name, currently found on Amazon. I put it down to green eyed envy on the part of the so-called reviewer, plus their own lack of literary success. Far better that instead of proffering what amounts to their completely unwarranted personal opinion; they should get back to basics and improve their own writing skills. Who knows, one day they may even manage to get something of theirs into print, and to sell. Then they will become the next automatic target for the jealous wannabe writer, drawing attention away from the rest of us.
Now that you’ve all read this, get back to your keyboard/pen and write till your fingers bleed!