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Writing Bug

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading, Writing | Posted on 15-08-2008

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I'm more and more tempted to write some fiction again. It's been years since I did that. I'm good with characters and environment, but not so good with plot. I don't like to write about negative things, or nasty people, which is rather problematic when you need to have conflict.

I know part of it is reading books and thinking, "Damn, I could do better than that." But to be realistic, anybody who has finished a book is doing better than I actually have done.

One thing that's really getting to me is the number of anti-fat statements that get thrown in to so many stories. They have nothing to do with the story--they just happen because of the authors' prejudice. Describing a minor character as fat is a cheap shortcut, because most readers will assume the person is lazy, sloppy, and not terribly intelligent (or a hyperfocused geek with no social skills if he is smart).

I know that starting out with a "message" is a crappy way to write fiction, though. Messages are better expressed in essays, not stories.

Still, I have this itch. Bah.

Comments (5)

I was won­der­ing if I was just being over-sen­si­tive to the fre­quen­cy of the anti-fat stereo­type. Seems like I run across it an awful lot. I’m glad it’s not just me being finicky.

I’ve want­ed to do the same thing, work­ing size-accep­tance into a sto­ry, but I’m afraid I’d take it too far. I tend to be a bit heavy hand­ed when I start out with a mes­sage. I get prosy fast. 🙂

If you scratch that itch and you like how it turns out, I’d sure­ly love to read it.

No, you’re not being over-sen­si­tive at all. I read two books by a new author today, and one of them had so much fat-hate in it that I decid­ed not to even men­tion the author’s name any­where – I don’t want to give him any Google hap­pies. Sam called it right, though – I saw a pho­to of the author, and he’s chub­by. Prob­a­bly has a lot of self-hatred.

I vis­it­ed your site, but couldn’t fig­ure out how to leave a com­ment. I’ve seen that “south­ern­er” test, too. I am a life­long south­ern­er – from Alaba­ma, for good­ness’ sake! – and I didn’t score very high on that thing when I took it at some point in the past. I don’t think it was writ­ten by a south­ern­er, and a lot of that stuff is more about social status/​class (the one I took, any­way) than any­thing else.

I’m tempt­ed to write drag­on smut, entire­ly because the first TCM book I read was real­ly ter­ri­ble drag­on smut.

I’m still not sure how to write that review! I think I’ll write the best review I can with­out actu­al­ly lying, and send it to the coördinator and see if it’s con­struc­tive enough to be used.

The first one I got (the only Adult title I’ve asked for so far) was so bad that I just couldn’t go on after the first chap­ter. I was prac­ti­cal­ly scream­ing, “SHOW, don’t TELL!” So I wrote to the coördinator and explained that there’s no way I could write even a halfway pos­i­tive review, and she said that was cool. Some books, they just don’t review.

Any­one can write. Mak­ing mon­ey from it, that’s the trick. If you get famous enough, you can sub that out, ‘though! [grin]