There are some forms of writing that I can’t understand. It is close to being double standards but is not. Maybe if it was in the same story then I could say that.
Well that is as vague as a vague thing on Vague Day.
In our wonderful Nazi PC world we receive a lot of submissions where the writer chooses ‘they’ as the pronoun and generic names so that the reader can place who they wish into being the MC. Personally I think this is a cop out and very lazy. Commit to your character. Have them clear in your mind and let us have them, warts and all.
Now the close to double standards or whatever is when a writer over describes clothing. Is that a way to explain those curves a voluptuous lady has or the six-pack you can see through someone’s tight T-Shirt? This is maybe a more complex idea but again it’s lazy writing and maybe a fear to commit to describing the more interesting parts of a human.
One part of the body that is not interesting and for some reason has been visualised immensely is a lady’s eyebrows. I haven’t a fucking clue why!! There are so many ladies walking about who look as if they have been sharpied or are the love child of Groucho Marx and that lady from Dodgeball.
I honestly think that I’ll give up the day that I read:
‘Her eyebrows were lush. They were the perfect one inch in depth. I liked them that way. I have been attracted to those pencil lines at one time but that was when I was a boy. The bushier did make me curious but give me that perfect one inch and I melt.’
IT’S FUCKING NONSENSE!!
My main point of this post is not ridiculous looking eyebrows but lazy writing which I want to explore.
I don’t have much technical knowledge when it comes to set up and I’m sure that there’s a term for this but those stories that are split into sections annoy.
I mean the ones that are:
And we read about how he sees and perceives the plot.
And we read about how she sees and perceives the plot.
Sometimes it ends up with a ‘They’ (Thankfully that has fuck all to do with an ambiguous pronoun and all to do with them as a couple (Boak!!)
There can be other characters put in and it’s structured the same way.
The reason that I find this lazy is that the writer hasn’t been arsed to connect them with words. Now words are what we do. Headings and spacing are tools but they shouldn’t be used as you can’t be fucked to work on tie-ins.
We have received so many stories that begin with the finding of a letter or journal entry.
Again this is lazy as the writer is letting the date and header be in the body of the letter and they have used this instead of an opening informative paragraph.
Fact for assumption.
This is when a magical / against physics / fantastic fact is mentioned in a throw away manner very early on and from there we need to read and simply accept every other thing that the writer throws at us.
This can be fine if it’s a work of fantasy but the stories I am on about gives us a line like.
‘She was my fourteenth kill’
It then goes onto number fifteen and you are left thinking in this age of cameras, Forensic Science, Social Media, how the fuck did they get away with fourteen kills?
The writer assumes that you accept the missing back story and will not question – They are very wrong and taking the piss.
This can actually go both ways. Weirdly if your character is stating a time in their past, that is acceptable and does place the reader right there (If they know of those times). But if we receive an opening line like
‘It was the year 3256 and we had just transported onto Jupiter’
This takes us back into Fact For Assumption.
Basically the writer has stolen situations, characters, placement in time and decided to write a plot around this.
Here’s the thing, this isn’t yours.
I have never understood how Fan Fiction was ever called that. I think the word for it should be plagiarism!
In The Style Of…
Not quite the same and I would slate this more but let’s be honest, there are coincidences in writing and when some folks read writers’ work they’ll state that it does read like someone elses.
BUT and it’s a huge BUT, if you market it this way then I would slate you, as again, you’re using someone else’s structure, tone and probably wording.
For both of these I’d give you a simple piece of advice, don’t send them unless it is to a specific site who requests this type.
No matter what I’ve already said, if there is something within these types that is interesting or unique, they’ll stand out. And like all things that are not to our taste, no matter what, we’ll all give them a chance. (But probably not the Fan Fiction or In The Style Of!!!)
I’d be very interested to read if there are other forms of lazy writing that you’ve spotted that irks!
Okay onto this week’s stories.
Only one new writer and four old hands.
As always our initial comments follow.
First up was our new writer.
We extend J. Saler Drees our usual welcome.
We hope that she has fun on the site and continues to send us her work.
‘There’s No Bars In This Town‘ was published on Monday.
‘Realism with strains of belief.’
‘The pathos at the end is very well done.’
‘This really does come together.’
I have no words left for Mr Sheehan.
Let’s just say, this is story number 169 and leave it at that!!!
‘Midwife Legacy‘ was published on Tuesday.
‘This comes across as a dark fable.’
‘The ending is different and it lifts this into horror territory.’
‘I wonder which country has this as a tradition?’
On Wednesday we had a very good friend of the site. This gentleman leaves constant feedback and he’s a joy to be associated with.
I know I keep mentioning this but Dave Henson has one of the best writing imaginations on the site.
‘About Uncle Story’ was his twenty-sixth outing and broke the back of the week.
‘Things went slowly and quietly wrong.’
‘That is one strong ending!!’
‘We all know how much Dave worked at this – The man is a pleasure to work with!’
David Lohrey is a very interesting writer. He touches on the darker side of life and writes beautifully. He structures his stories as well as anyone.
‘Low And Behold’ was the fourteenth time he has graced the site.
‘You have to gear yourself up to read one of David’s stories!!’
‘Oppression and Intolerance from a few angles.’
‘It was a steady thread of intolerance.’
Antony Osgood finished us off on Friday.
Tony is another writer who sends in quality work every time.
‘Gabby Gets Some Colour In His Cheeks‘ was his fifth story for us.
‘Antony excels at these weird little looks at things.’
‘The writing is lyrical and smooth.’
‘What a great piece of prose!’
Usual guys –
Not commenting bad.
Sunday Re-Run have a go.
Sunday Re-Run don’t not have a go. (That makes Miss Anderson and Jesus cry.)
Just to finish off I noticed some ‘Famous People’ birthdays from this week on a site.
When I saw who was first I thought how wrong it was.
I was even more dismayed when I thought that maybe it was in date order but it wasn’t.
The first name that popped up was Mr Jeffrey Dahmer.
Now I do find Serial Killers very interesting and before anyone slags me off have a look at the *two pictures below and decide who looks interesting and who looks like a creepy weirdo!!
He was there with the likes of Janet Jackson, Andre The Giant and Notorious B.I.G.
He did have some similar company as H H Holmes was also there.
Surely there should be an ‘Infamous List’ for all the murdering bastards, Despots etc??
But when I see Janet Jackson maybe there should also be a list for ‘Murdering Music’
**One may look interesting and a fun guy but they are both creepy weirdos!!!
…If you want to have some fun, think on some adjectives that suit both of them!!