Friday, June 17, 2011

Nice Writer Fiction

The worst writing isn't incompetent writing; the worst writing is easy, familiar writing, writing that begs for obvious emotions, writing that flatters the reader.


  1. That was a brilliant post for a lot of reasons, but mainly for the reason you quoted here. I sometimes fear that I fall back on "nice writing" in some of my stories, but I certainly hope I pull away from it in the end, or that I at least recognize it more and more in my future works. I like the term he uses here, and I think it's something I'll end up adopting into my vocabulary.

  2. Wasn't the biggest complaint people had about "Cinders" that it wasn't Nice Writer Fiction? You didn't give readers the predictable ending at all. You went sideways, into no-man's land!

  3. Haha, yes, that's true. It wasn't Cinders I was thinking of, but Monarch. It seems much nicer, more predictable, kind of fiction. Then again, maybe that's not a bad thing because I also tell it in an unpredictable manner. :)