rusty_armour (rusty_armour) wrote,

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Laziness and Writing Don't Mix

I just heard back from a writer who asked me to give her feedback on her story. As she asked me to be honest, it seemed only fair to express my concerns over certain, uh, problems I had with her story. Maybe I nitpicked a little more than I should have about character consistency and historical accuracy, but these things are important in fic (despite what this writer believes), especially when it comes to a Robin of Sherwood story. I did try to be diplomatic and even provided some positive comments. However, in the end, I might as well have been talking to a wall. A very thick concrete wall with no cracks of any kind whatsoever. While she said that my comments gave her a "heavy heart," she announced that she had no intention of making any changes to her story even though she knew there were mistakes. She felt that I should accept the mistakes because they were a part of the story and, thus, a part of her. Or some such bullsh*t.

The sad thing is that I could understand where she was coming from -- at least in part. I used to hate the idea of anyone changing a word of what I'd written. However, if you're in any way serious about writing, you have to get over yourself and just learn to take criticism. It may hurt but it will help you in the end. You also have to accept that writing means work. Laziness does not a good story make.

If there's one thing I can't abide in a writer it's laziness. I can forgive mistakes because most mistakes are unintentional (even the ones that could have been prevented with good old-fashioned research). What I can't accept is a writer who won't try to fix these same mistakes or address other problems. If you wish to grow and evolve as a writer, you have to be willing to face these issues. You have to be willing to make changes and improve on what you've written. If you can't be bothered to put in the work then I don't see why I should have to read your story or provide comments.

The ironic thing is that while I'm ranting about lazy writers in my LJ, I'm supposed to be working on my own fic. And have I worked on it at all tonight? No, of course not. So when it comes to lazy writers, I know of what I speak! *g*
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