Hiya folks! Today’s lil post is about my opinions regarding book and writing-related things or ideals with which I don’t agree. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t lay in bed until 12:30 AM yesterday watching these videos on YouTube, so I’m going justify my binge-watching by calling it “research” for this post.
Regardless, I’ve got unpopular opinions on the mind and I’m going to share a few of mine today. Okay, let’s do this and see if all my “research” paid off.
- I don’t like the word “bookish.“ I feel like I’m committing a literary sin by putting this on the Internet. I have no factual basis for this one, but I don’t like the sound of it.
- I hate outlining. I know that outlining has a lot of benefit, but I’ve found that it hinders my creative process–I’d rather write in the moment and clean up the mess in editing.
- Try as I might, I can’t get into Sarah Dessen. I find her writing too fluffy and unrealistic for my tastes. I like my books with a little more grit and a little less cotton candy than Dessen has to offer.
- I love “destroyed” books. I write in books, I dog-ear pages, I’m not phased my water damage, and I don’t flinch when I rip a page. I think these little imperfections give a book character and it’s one of the reasons I prefer buying used books over new copies.
- While the “princess in YA-dystopia” trope is way overdone, I’m still not over it. I guess I never really grew out of my princess phase. If I wasn’t writing a YA-thriller at the moment, you can bet I’d be writing a book about a princess in a dystopian society. You want to talk The Selection or The Lunar Chronicles? I’m your freakin’ girl. This trope is my guilty pleasure, so if you have any recommendations of books like this, help a girl out and let me know.
- I use a thesaurus. I’ve seen a lot of people advise against using a thesaurus in effort to avoid sounding ostentatious, but I think it’s too helpful a resource to be put on the bench. I suffer from chronic I’m-trying-to-think-of-a-word-and-I-know-the-first-letter-but-I-can’t-think-of-the-damn-word syndrome, so Thesaurus.com is my best friend.
- I’m not a fan of fantasy. While I’ll read whatever you put in front of me, I prefer books that have some basis in realism: even if this plot is totally unrealistic and unrelated to the world in its current state, could this book plausibly happen? I prefer books whose answer is “yes.”
- I have very little interest in reading screenplays. I appreciate the way you can learn about a character through dialogue (and the extreme way one does that when reading a screenplay), but I feel like you lose so much descriptive power when you’re dealing with solely dialogue.
- I don’t let other people read my work until it’s done. When other people read my stuff prior to its completion, my inner critics rear their ugly heads. The only person who has ever read my novel is my independent study advisor and I’m perfectly fine with that because my writing is about me and what I envision. (You can read about my independent study in Novel Writing here). There is a surplus of opinions in this world and I’ll get them when I’m ready.
So that’s it! Please remember that my opinions are exactly that: my opinions. If you agree with me, fabulous! If you don’t agree with me, also fabulous! Either way, let me know what y’all thought in the comments or by filling out the form on my Get in Touch page. And don’t forget to head over to my Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Wattpad to show some social media love <3