One of the things that used to come up a lot in my English classes were the “Fifty Shades of Grey” books, and the “Twilight” series. In class one time when we were talking about it my professor said, “How is it, that bad writing can become so popular, and the good stuff does not?”
“I know.” Someone in the class piped up. “Those books are some of the worst examples of writing that I have ever seen.”
“I would never be caught dead reading any of those books,” another chimed in.
As for me, I see James and Meyers in a different way: They wrote a series of books. People loved them, and people kept reading them. They became wildly successful and were made into movies on the big screen.
Bad writing? Maybe. Actually, when I read Fifty Shades of Grey (Yes, I read all of the books; don’t hate on me) and Twilight (I know…my fellow English majors would moan if they saw I had read these books) I thought to myself, “Hey, I could write something like this. I could write it even better.”
So the question is really, why haven’t I done this yet?
Because it is November 1st and the first day of nanowrimo, I am going to work on my novel. By the end of the month I hope I have 50,000 words. No, it doesn’t have anything like BDSM or vampires on it. I promise.
Good Writing? I hope it falls in that category.
Wish me luck!