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joshua-keidan's picture
Aug.20.2013
One of the biggest mistakes I think I made as an aspiring writer is forgetting exactly why I started writing to begin with. There was one point where it was not about word counts, not about the number of views I got on the blog, it was about just being goofy. A few days ago I was going through my...
cliff-burns's picture
Feb.19.2013
There's a certain aroma or, more properly, miasma surroundimg most regional writing, a stink of amateurism that is immediately apparent when you open a volume of the stuff; what comes wafting out is so unpleasant, it can induce gagging. The province I call home features a particularly noxious...
cliff-burns's picture
May.23.2012
A recent article on GalleyCat informs us that in the past six weeks, ten million copies of E.L. James' loathsome, laughable, loogie-worthy Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy have been snapped up by readers with sticky fingers and tiny forebrains. Do you need any further evidence of the dumbing down of...
cliff-burns's picture
May.12.2012
My wife told me she heard "author" E.L. James being interviewed on a national radio program and assured me that I would've loathed every syllable she uttered. Indeed.  I loathe everything Ms. James and her ilk stand for.  Bad, juvenile writing, a complete disregard for the power and...
richard-martin's picture
Apr.09.2012
“If what’s always distinguished bad writing — flat characters, a narrative world that’s clichéd and not recognizably human, etc. — is also a description of today’s world, then bad writing becomes an ingenious mimesis of a bad world. If readers simply believe the world is stupid and shallow and...
cliff-burns's picture
Aug.30.2011
Anyone who believes that only the best books get published, that editors employed by traditional publishers have peerless taste, the whole system is a meritocracy, etc., has a hard time defending that point of view these days. After all, recent major book deals involved a novel written by, wait for...
eric-p-nichols's picture
Jul.31.2011
Rummaging through my cubic meter or so of unpublishable manuscripts, decades after the fact, I am struck by a couple of things: how stupid some of my writing was...and how good some of it was.  Unfortunately these rare pearls of prose were like morsels of caviar buried in huge quivering gobs of...
doyle-barnett's picture
Feb.15.2011
 anyone can get published              You will soon see I am a lousy writer; but I’ve sold over a half a million dollars worth of books. After the publication of my second book by the world’s largest publisher, I took—and failed, a test at the end of the first chapter of a grade school English...
sean-beaudoin's picture
Feb.14.2011
I noticed this morning a quote attributed to Martin Amis from the BBC  program, Faulks on Fiction: "People ask me if I ever thought of writing a children's book. I say, 'If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children's book,' but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who...
kay-kenyon's picture
Apr.13.2010
  Writing is fraught with uncertainty. Double that for starting a new project, much less your very first work of fiction. Even experienced writers feel uncertain. What if the topic is uninspired, the concept derivative, or–worst of all–what if the writing is bad? My answer to all this is, so what?...