NO, I’m not a drunk introvert (Negative Writer Stereotypes)

6/5/17

Ya know what I hate? Telling people, I’m a writer, only to have them ask me if I have a drinking problem. HA HA HA, yes, very funny. >:(

If you consider yourself a writer, chances are that you’ve seen lists online such as this one – Top 10 Author Stereotypes. Everyone has the obligatory blog, YouTube video, or article listing all sorts of stereotypes associated with being an author/writer. Most are benign; some are insulting. Here’s the thing, I consider myself a writer…and I don’t meet hardly any of these stereotypical qualities!! The problem with stereotypes is that they lump a group of people together, ignoring their individuality, and then paint them all with the same brush. Which is the crux of the problem when dealing with ANY form of stereotyping.

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Unrealistic expectations or abusive romances; which fiction is most damaging?

5/29/17

There are countless blog posts and articles dedicated to the phenomenon of how popular abuse is in romantic fiction today, as well as an equal amount of scorn dedicated to the idea that some romances perpetuate the idea of unrealistic relationship expectations. There is no denying the overwhelming popularity of these relationships and their portrayal in fiction, but is that healthy? Are young impressionable readers being too influenced by these ideas of ‘romance’ that most would deem damaging and unhealthy? Which is worse?

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Beware of out of place references!

5/22/17

Have you ever read a novel that takes place in a fantasy universe based on Medieval Europe, or a historical fiction that is set over a hundred years ago, or thousands of years ago, or a story that happens on a different planet to a race of people that have no knowledge of Earth’s civilization or culture? Then, once immersed in these carefully crafted worlds, the writer uses an idiom, simile, or references something that completely pulls you out of the story because they’re using an expression that doesn’t fit with the story time or setting? One of the things that always ruins the reading experience for me is when writers use out of place expressions.

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Erotic Fiction – When is there too much sex in a novel?

5/15/17

Many writers will write an erotic or explicit scene at some point in time, and many ask themselves – is this really necessary? Perhaps you’re writing a steamy scene to attract a target audience. Perhaps you’re writing it because it’s important to the plot or character development. Or perhaps you’re writing it because it gets you off.

Hey, I ain’t gonna judge!

No matter the reasoning as to ‘why‘ people write erotic fiction, one thing is obvious; a novel tends to lose it’s credibility as serious literature the moment it crosses the arbitrary line into ‘overtly pornographic’ for the sake of just being erotic, and nothing else.

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