TYPO OF THE WEEK
Real Mistakes, Real Laughs:
Air bases were built on captured islands of Tinian, Saipan, and Guam but they were barley within the range of the long-range bombers.
(hope the bombadiers weren't on gluten-free diets)
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Monday, August 18, 2008
Do you see a trend here? Because I sure didn’t. For a pretty self-aware person, I was blind to the signs right in front of me: I prefer reading nonfiction, I prefer writing nonfiction, I even prefer watching "nonfiction" TV (e.g., Discovery, History, National Geographic Channels). The light finally dawned when the only graduate degree program I was invited to pursue was the M.A. in Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.
I’m not knocking literary authors or their work; well-crafted literary prose is gorgeous. Nor am I spitting back the old "write from your heart, not for the market" adage; there are indeed established genre authors who successfully negotiate foreign territory deemed the Hot New Thing. They can afford the risk; they’re already household names. Rising authors are advised to find their best genre – literary fiction or otherwise – and persist. For me, that means commercial fiction and nonfiction, and I realized I don’t need a $50,000 parchment to confirm it.
Despite the bravado, I have my moments. Sometimes wonder if I won’t end up a martyr of the back lists, willing to die before compromising my art (or lack of art, as some commercial writing is regarded). So I was encouraged by this item on the Guide to Literary Agents Editors Blog of agents’ pet peeves:
"The [adjective] [adjective] sun rose in the [adjective] [adjective] sky, shedding its [adjective] light across the [adjective] [adjective] [adjective] land."
When you come right down to it, even the most beautiful literary prose needs one important ingredient to succeed.