I've been wondering about something off and on. You see, there's this blog I visit that has sort of an ensemble cast. A group of writers post writerly stuff - each on a specific day. Some stuff I agree with, some I don't. Some of it's insightful and some is helpful, and some is not. But there's one contributor I can't read. Not because of their ideas. They seem like a rational sort with the possibility of being both helpful and insightful. The problem is that every time I start reading one of their posts, I get bored, frustrated, irritated... something. Something about their writing makes me want to poke my eyes out. Or their eyes out.
Because of this, I have never tried to read one of their books. I mean, OMG, if they can't get a blog post out without turning it into some kind of weird syntactical nightmare*, what must their books read like?
I know, I probably shouldn't think like that. This person is a popular (in their genre) author. There must be some merit to their writing. But I can't make myself slap down money or use valuable reading time to take the chance that their fiction reads better than their blog posts.
Anyway, it got me to wondering. I certainly hope I don't do anything like that here. Not much I can do about it - any more than my telling this other person my opinions would change how they write those blog posts. What I say here is what it is.
Hell, I don't even edit these posts for the most part. Which I like to think I've made clear at some point, but a new visitor might not have been around when I said that.
Still, I like to think the general flavor and voice of my blogs are about the same as the flavor and voice of my novels.
So, I guess what I'm saying is that if you like what you've read here, give my novels a whirl. And if you don't, I totally understand - because it happens to me, too.
Have you ever avoided reading an author because of what they've written online**?
*"The hope and aim of a word-handler is that he may communicate a thought or an impression to his reader without the reader’s realizing that he has been dragged through a series of hazardous or grotesque syntactical situations." - E.B. White
**Not talking about their opinions or their philosophies, just their writing styles. Lord knows, I have a whole list of authors I won't read because of their opinions and their philosophies, but that's a whole other topic.