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.

3 comments:

  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.

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  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!

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  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. :)

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