What would YOU do if….
You met a man. He was young! Handsome! (well, interesting looking). Slim (not to say skinny). You shared bucket lists – and THEY WERE THE SAME (substantially).
He likes to ask WHY.
YOU like to ask why.
He’s interested in life after death.
YOU’RE interested in death after life.
He has an enormous TV screen to which he has hooked up his hi-tech computer to produce amazing instant footage of You Tube and TED talks (don’t tell Ms M, but he uses a Mac – the Anti-Christ).
He loves animals.
You have the hots for him.
And not only that, but…he’s a WRITER. A published writer!
Sounds good, doesn’t it. You read his first novel and it’s great. A few tweaks here and there and it’d be almost as good as YOUR first novel. You think wow! But do you stop? No, you don’t. You read his second novel. And it is AWFUL! He uses too many adverbs and adjectives. There are redundant phrases and sentences. There are plot holes and unlikelihoods. There are stereotypes – lots of them. Large elements of the plot have been lifted from the Hunger Games.
NOW what do you do? You still like him, a lot, but this writing…just no! Worse, he’s intimated that with a few tweaks, YOUR stories could perhaps reach similar standards of excellence. Hmmm.
I think we have a sequel to A Clash of Kings. It’s going to be called ‘A Clash of Egos’ and it’s going to be even MORE bloodthirsty than Game of Thrones. I mean, it’s got to be – there are WRITERS in it.
I mean really. What’s more important – intellectual respect – or that certain feeling in the seat of the pants?