Wow. First time I’ve been insulted to my face by someone who has never read anything of mine.
Let me ask you this: If you spent 31 years of your life–the next 31 years I should say–improving, honing, and mastering your skills as a writer and the craft, how honestly would you say that your writing isn’t up to par, sucks eggs, “isn’t as good as you might think it is” (this is quickly becoming a common default phrase for some of my critics here on Wattpad), or something else?
You sit here and you trash me and my writing as an every day thing. You claim that bigger isn’t better. I just gave you better. I gave you a published example.
You say that her books are bad. Considering she’s a national best selling author, I find that a bit strange. Because I had a unique chance at work the other night to skim through a copy of Queen of Air and Darkness and I am one of the most impossible people to please when it comes to books and authors.
But you know what I found? A woman that put in a lot of effort into her writing and made the book come alive for those brief few seconds that I read her book.
I didn’t find any issue with her novel. But that being said, not everyone is going to write like her either.
I personally write in a vacuum. It’s easier that way. (Not an actual vacuum, but in a vacuum.)
I don’t allow anything to interfere or influence my work. I pioneer the 180 proof vodka or the distilled version of moonshine and turkey whiskey in my writing. The hard stuff. The shit that will knock you on your ass in a heartbeat.
I don’t monkey around when it comes to writing. Ask anyone here who has read my work. They’ll tell you.
But if you don’t allow yourself the chance at discovery when reading a giant novel, you’re missing out on not only the journey, but also the chance for some personal self-reflection. A lot of these novels generally tell about the human heart or the human condition.
Those types of books are exceedingly rare in my opinion. Especially if done right and done well. You may have higher standards than I do, higher expectations than I do, but you shouldn’t paint such a large brush on all of us who write for the journey.
Even if one author does it wrong, does it badly (and I should take my own advice on this), it doesn’t really mean the rest of us will follow suit.