Writing with style.
Whatever your actual writing technique is, it should always be presented with as much panache, verve and style as is possible. You owe it to yourself. You owe it to your work and most of all, you owe it to your readers.
As some of you may know, I have a real bugbear about bad writing, especially in terms of presentation. I’m sick to death of hacks who think it’s perfectly okay to present unreadable crap, filled with typos, no, or very little punctuation, and the delusion that when a publisher picks up their work, they will correct any mistakes. For God’s sake, it’s more than past time that such idiots woke up and smelled the coffee. There isn’t a decent publisher or agent alive who will read past the first paragraph of such rubbish, let alone do the writer’s job for them. Yes, some editing may be carried out, but they sure as hell won’t rewrite a work that’s riddled with errors.
What amazes me, is that when mistakes are pointed out to these egomaniacs, they’re absolutely outraged! Where are the plaudits for their “work?” Where’s the awe for their “masterpiece?” Why all this criticism? Why aren’t the plebs falling over themselves to sit at their feet and marvel at their “talent?”
I’ve just read a piece of work that is unreadable in terms of gross content and little or no punctuation, and as for the grammar – don’t get me started! The sad thing is, is that the writer considers it to be a work of genius and has literally stated this. Now don’t get me wrong I have an ego, just like everyone else, but the difference is that I’m also aware, thank God, of my limitations. I’m a good writer, with a vivid imagination. What I’m not, and never will be, is a literary giant. The best I can hope for is that one day I’ll be a popular writer, in that people will want to read my work. If and when that happens, I’ll do my damnedest to give them the best quality of book that I possibly can.
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