Saturday, November 19, 2011

Books Wondrous and Boring

I came across a novel Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.  This is marvelous, inventive and not published by one of the Big Six.  Before it was published, the movie rights were snatched.  As should have been.

Not everyone has a mind that can conceive of the truly strange.  But what we can all aspire to is to think more deeply, more fully, commit ourselves to the process of writing instead of churning out the same boring, expected dreck.  Of course, some people want the expected.  They will pay good money for the expected and be very cross if they don't get what they expected.  So if that's your goal, then pull out all the stops and do that.  But if there's something inside you that keeps annoying you like a tiny pebble in your shoe that there is more to be said and in a different way, do that.

On one blog or another this week someone will put forth an argument that legacy publishing is dead.  No it's not, someone else will say.  Indie writing sucks.  Not more than legacy, someone (usually me) will reply.

What's the name of this blog?  Real Writing For A Digital World.

If you're going to do this, don't phone it in.  Really write.  Make it count.  Make everything you do count.  Do less but do everything more fully, more completely.  Everything can be published.  There are no agents or editors standing in your way.  You can be the writer you always thought you could be.  The only one getting in your way now is you.

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