First up, the writers are jealous. Oh come on! YOU ARE JEALOUS. So, acknowledge it and move on, dude. I sure as hell am.
But after that, people STILL like to nitpick the writing. Too flowery. Too plain. Reads like a 4th grade book report. Too (shudder) sparkly.
I think at some point every writer needs to come to grips with a simple fact of why these books sell. It ain't writing. It's STORY.
Girls (and their
Folks apparently love to hear someone bash on Christianity with a little Catholicism sprinkled on top.
I prioritize my writing like this: Story, Clarity, and Style.
Nathan made the point recently that it takes a certain level of writing to get published. I actually call bullshit on that. I think it takes Story, first, something the editor thinks will sell oodles of. Then maybe voice (there's plenty of voices out there that suck). THEN writing. (hoo boy, lots of sucky writing out there). Writing and style can be fixed, it's something we can work on. But coming up with The Story? That's the crapshoot, right? Actually, I don't quite believe that either. Good writers, the ones who get published, put a hell of a lot of thought into what they're writing. It's something I'm just learning; how much damn thought writing takes.
What say ye?