“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” ~ Winston Churchill
I learned some new management-speak today. In a culture that thrives on keywords, catch-phrases and some really incomprehensible assaults on the English language, this one stood out in a good way.
Lead. Align. Follow.
I immediately thought of how this applies to writers. We are a constantly moving organism with a million individual writers and artists, each of us working in isolation for the most part. We read widely, we write furiously.
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
~ Groucho Marx
The Universe isn’t sentient.
Readers are sentient (mostly)
Neither the Universe or the reading public owe me a favour or charity.
It is popular to say, There is a remarkable sense of entitlement among writers. We all expect (nay, demand!) overnight success and that every man and his dog (good dog) read our every word and buy our books and leave reviews and so on and so forth.
“I’m sure the only act that sells more books than a good banning is a good burning.”
~ Pansy Schneider-Horst
EBook reading devices are like telephones in call centres. Sometimes you want to throw a book across the room and sometimes you want to slam the phone down in an arseholes ear. With eBook readers, like call centre telephones, you just can’t get that satisfaction.
“But surely for everything you have to love you have to pay some price.”
~ Agatha Christie
Debate rages, it’s what debate does. People like nothing more than debating stuff. Debate leads to all kinds of silliness and the only thing I feel we can be sure about is that there is always evidence for both sides of any argument.
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
― Oscar Wilde
Back covers and front covers of books are a lot like movie trailers. They show you the best bits and get you to engage with the story.
This leads to you buying the book and reading it. The disconnect that so often happens is between what the book promises and what it delivers. If I’m reading literature, like, proper literature, I expect it to be a trudge. You know that this book is going to pay off somewhere – you just have to let it roll out and keep reading. The really good literary novels will drag you down to your doom without you even realising you are completely lost in the story.
“For about 30 years, Halloween was taken over by pranksters. By the ’30s, pranks were causing cities millions of dollars of damage. They considered banning Halloween in many cities, but instead, parents got together and came up with party ideas for kids, and a lot of them involved dressing up and costuming.“
“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”
― Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do
Warning: This is a horror story. Content may disturb.
Contains attitudes of misogyny, graphic violence and depictions of physical abuse of extremely expensive cars.