No novel is meant to address an entirety of anything.
A celebrity - whose reason for being is to seek popularity - backtracking and apologizing in the face of a social media angry mob is almost to be expected. But a writer must have the guts to hold their creative ground in the face of other writers' onslaught.
Understand, I have nothing against bearded wizards, heroines with magic swords, and FBI agents...
Some authors are remarkably petty and two-faced: they will act casually all chummy with you, but would also shove you over a cliff without hesitation if it meant they would get more attention... because writing, after all, is also very competitive.
It was disgraceful. It was also a punch in the face reminder of what I had despised about Twitter and why I had decided to back away from it some years ago.
So today here is more - some of it lighthearted - from fellow authors on Twitter... as they (I am taking a rest after finishing a 600 page novel, and I admit I am not writing currently) again gather around the authors' office's "water cooler" to gab (when it appears at least some of them, uh, should be nose to the grindstone and writing)...
Shush... don't even mumble the words "new adult" please.
Writing may be all about "creativity" for you; but never forget that publishing is a business.
It may still even in 2020 be about getting home alive. So what is the solution to men who behave like thugs?
One major thing as a writer I have come to learn: “five” people can read the same exact passage and each will come away with a takeaway uniquely theirs and perhaps even one I had never much considered.
At my mention of Fitzgerald, my wife smiled and turned to my nephew (with me sitting right there) and declared, "He [meaning me] has a Fitzgerald fixation currently."
Appropriate today, I think for a "repost." Aside from the very end, I originally posted what follows on November 28, 2017...
If for no other reason, it is a good idea - I feel - to be mindful on social media as in person simply because that used to be called "good manners."
My favorite novel published... in this 21st century? Hmm. I cannot say I have one...
Well, 2019 is concluding. The idea for a year end post hit me. I thought post-Christmas I'd offer up some thoughts
minus any, uh, colorful metaphors we often used in our casual chats as if I were telling you.