Writing Community or Writing Crowded Street?

I DON’T mean to add to the bitterness and despair of the Writing Community, but I have a bone to pick with this place. I’m starting to think it’s no community at all but rather a crowded street where the best interactions feel like calling out across the crowd and the average interaction is getting elbowed in the eye socket only to have the offender shout in your ear, “You bumped into me!”

I’m tired of the bickering and arguing. I’m tired of the constant judgment of self-published authors whose releases don’t live up to the standards of assholes who didn’t even read the book. Think a writer didn’t do a good enough job? DON’T BUY IT. Anyone who can’t afford editing and professional book covers damn well knows you’re glaring at them from across the Twitterverse.

And no, a poor writer publishing a book with a shitty cover does not have one bit of impact on whether or not your shiny fucking masterpiece sells, you arrogant twat. Books are judged on their own merit, self-published or traditionally published. If your book isn’t selling, that’s your problem. Join the fucking club with the rest of us.

I’m not going to carry on about this. If you’re not seeing the mud-slinging in your feed, I’m happy for you. If you are, you don’t need me to catalog all the different ways the Writing Community sucks ass lately.

With this post, I just want to give a shout out to those of you who don’t want to be caught up in pointless Twitter drama, who miss the days when the Writing Community was actually fun and full of real support, who enjoy friendly debate without it turning venomous.

I’m making a personal vow to step back and steer clear of it all. I’m just going to tweet my stupid tweets, read manuscripts during the day, read self-published books at night, and try to push out some useful material on my blog, particularly for querying authors.

If I didn’t rely on Twitter to promote my critique service, I would delete my account, but I love reading manuscripts. I especially love encountering querying authors with amazing novels and helping them inch closer to signing with an agent. That makes the shittiness of Twitter worth it.

So let’s be productive. Let’s quit with the bickering and pointless engagement-seeking and pursue our dreams for a change.

Write a book, nerd.

With love,

Tory

P.S.–Sorry for being so harsh. I needed to vent. And I’m not calling anyone out in particular. I’m critiquing the general temperament of the community, not any given person who’s gotten caught up in it. I’m guilty myself, and I just want to focus on what matters: books and writing.

6 thoughts on “Writing Community or Writing Crowded Street?

  1. It is nice to see how passionate you get on behalf of the #WritingCommunity T.H.
    Perhaps you have done this already, I would have to dig through your blog a little deeper, but would you do a ‘2020 Checklist of; What You Would Have to Have Done, To Effectively be Ready to Query this year?’
    There is probably a better way to write that…
    Obviously, there’s a particular checklist item already – editing and proof reading!
    Yours, a fan.
    LT.

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  2. You are not alone. Though some of us choice to keep quiet, avoid the trolls, and continue writing. One day there will be more selfpublished megabits than corporate published. I plan to be there when it happens, offering a hand up to those looking to escape their corporate masters.

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  3. LOL.
    There was a thread earlier this week that said you should get your book edited before publishing it. I suggested if you’re putting it up for free on AO3 or Wattpad then it’s probably not necessary. Have we gotten to the point where people honestly think someone should pay 4 figures for edits before posting a fanfiction novel on AO3? You can publish fairly good work that will entertain people and maybe get a few people interested in reading more of your work with just a few revisions.
    And while I think edits for a book you’re selling is probably a good idea, I do think gatekeeping isn’t so good.
    Fortunately, most of the people I interact with are kind and I enjoy reading what they have to say.

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  4. Been there, screamed about that and left Twitter myself over the venom there. It’s all about neurotic insecurities and the need to tear others down to make make the attacker feel better about themself.

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  5. I agree 100% I’ve been seeing the constant back and forth and the “cool” kids using the community tag as a revisiting of high school mentality and their personal Facebook page all the while tearing apart anyone who tries to promote or ask honest questions so only their tweets stay on top. Its sickening and one of the main reasons I’ve been steadily muting/blocking.

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