My Answer to Better yet, DON’T Write that Novel on Salon.com

To understand what the blog below is about, you need to first click the link below and read the article from Laura ‘How Dare People Create’ Miller over on Salon.com, it is called Better yet, DON’T Write that Novel by Laura Miller and is aimed at the budding writers taking part in National Novel Writers Month.

Direct Link is here –http://www.salon.com/books/laura_miller/2010/11/02/nanowrimo

Here is my reply to this article, that is dripping with the sort of elitism that really does piss me off… When I first read Better yet, DON’T Write that Novel, I got a little mad. After all, the message seems to be don’t bother creating, its a waste of time, and how dare you NaNoWriMo plebes think you’re good enough to be read. Then I got it, and I smiled.

The author of this article has been reduced to writing incendiary blogs for advertising dollars, because her own novel didn’t shift any numbers, despite name dropping one the most beloved classic children’s fantasy series of all time in its title.

Let it go… People write, if they want to write during NaNoWriMo let them.  The biggest and most successful books in the last 10 years have been located on that publishers slush pile, written by such dreamers as those you will find at NaNoWriMo. From teen Wizards to Sparkly Emo Vampires who are you to set the trend?

All because you’ve given up and become dead inside doesn’t mean you have a right to inflict it on others. Check yourself, take a breath, because writers write, and they read too. Many are prolific readers, I know I am and I read up to two dozen Novels a year, not counting a few hundred Comics, Graphic Novels and other literary devices.

Who knows what damage this misguided article has done to a budding writers confidence, who might of just have been the next Shakespeare, or JK Rowling. You, of all people should be ashamed of what your words may have done. Writers will write, writes will write crap, and then slowly start to polish it until it becomes the novel they want it to be, this is how you’re own coat tail riding book started.

You know first hand how the process starts, how hard it is to put those words down and have confidence in what you want to tell. To say you must first write something that is publish worthy is ludicrous and smacks of an attitude that is way out of touch. No one gets it right out of the gate, and we all practice our craft until we get something that does indeed tell the story we want it too.

We write, one word at a time because we want to tell that story that is seeping out of our heads. Now go back to you’re elitist little world, we don’t really need to hear from you unless of course you need more advertising dollars for you’re website, and perhaps have something a little less bitter to say.

There thats better, I feel purged and very refreshed now. Anyone for tea?

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