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February 18, 2013
Posted at 9:38 am
 

Food for thought

Below in italics is an excerpt of something one of my fellow authors sent to me on the forum of another site. The occasion was that I was expressing some thoughts about some of the unfortunate changes that have taken place over the years with respect to amateur writing and publishing:

Writing is an evolving medium that is more sensitive to technical advancement of writing tools than ever before. The basic inborn elements of inspiration, creativity, and grasp of grammar are still important, but most professional writing has become a consortium of consensus teams working on different segments of a concept. Popularity snowballs with publishing success and prolific writers more often than not have followed the volume route to include sub-contracting of certain areas to others. The similarity of paralegals to actual attorneys is a good comparison. Script writing has become more a political game of competing performers to insure their lines are the "best" or the "funniest" or the ones that the audience will remember. Even in the field of Journalism, the Blog has become more popular than actual print publications. I guess that is just the way of the future.

This passage has haunted me since I received it a few weeks ago.

What he is saying is that to be successful one must put together a crew to pump out tons of garbage like an assembly line and the readership, once overwhelmed by volume,comes to desire garbage.

I am not accusing any SOL author of that. I would point out that on the site to which I am referring the author who wrote that to me has eclipsed my work by a factor of two in number of stories and by ten in readership. worse yet, he is only one of a dozen or so who I believe is employing this practice.

It would be impossible for me and many others to accept this approach. Authorship should be one's personal expression, crafted in an artistic way for the readers.

In the final analysis, it boils down to what readers want. Where there is no demand, there will be no supply.