October 6th, 2009 (09:47 pm)
current mood: cranky
Don't you start reading some published work sometimes and go, Oh, come on!
Seriously, how are these people being published?
I'm not a writer for several reasons (I don't know how to tell a story and I'm awful with grammar and style, for starters), but I can tell when a character seams real, when the storyteller doesn't establish the same point more than a necessary amount of times, and even when they are at least little consistent with style. And still, some works out there! It hurts my eyes when by mistake I start reading one of them.
I wasn't like this last year, but then I start reading some material about grammar, style, storytelling, and writing in general, and I realized that the stories I liked the most were the ones that followed those guides. Real characters, consistency, un-redundancy, etc, etc. Now I can't read fan fiction where the author doesn't even know about grammar. I make mistakes writing; I know that. But most of these people are supposed to have betas. Isn't their job to help with grammar, style, and other kind of writing issues?
Anyway, fan fiction is like a whole other world. Why do I have to see all that in published fiction? What about the editors and the companies with the money?
And then you have all these amazing writers fighting to get published.