Discouraging writers

I’ve noticed something discouraging among some famous authors: laziness. I’ve seen many writers lax their writings after hitting fame.

For example, one of my favorite authors uses passive voice more when she writes. I’m sure I would’ve noticed before, but I’ve found tons of passive voice in one of her recent books. Either way, her books sold well, so it shouldn’t matter, right?

Kind of. I know there’s certain writers that readers will buy every book from no matter what. However, I always want the best of the best. I don’t want books to have poor writing techniques or plot development. Books should be improve, right? Why not work for something better?

It doesn’t help that I’m not held to the same standard as them either. I have to be perfect when I publish. Nothing can be out of line. Known authors can ignore the rules because of their name.

But I guess I need to be in their shoes to understand.

Maybe, under all of this, I’m scared to fail. What if I write one great book and never can write another one? Will people know me as the writer who wrote a couple of great books and never wrote again?

Do you see that trend? What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Discouraging writers

    1. The first example that comes to mind right now is James Patterson. I used to be able to connect to his books, but they cannot hold my attention anymore. The language in it is not as articulate and relatable as it used to be. His voice throughout the series seemed to change into a more forced tone. I found this on his Wizard and Witch series though. I don’t know much about his other recent series.


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