So, I’ve noticed something discouraging among famous authors: becoming lazy. I’ve seen many authors – even the top authors in America – lax their writings after hitting fame.
For example, one of my favorite authors seems to use passive voice more when she writes now. I’m sure I would’ve noticed it before when I was reading one of her older books, but I’ve found tons of evidence of passive voice in one of her recent books. Either way, her books sell well, so it shouldn’t matter, right?
Kind of. I think to a point there’s certain writers that readers will buy every book of no matter how great or terrible the book is written. However, I always desire the best of the best. I don’t want books to have poor writing techniques or plot development. Everything should be improving, right? But why not work for something better?
I don’t know if their writing degrades because they have such a demand to publish every year. Maybe they’re pushed to the edge to stay at the top of the booming, ever-changing writing industry. It may have got to them. Not sure.
If that’s the case, I don’t want to push an author to write another book. I’d rather wait for the book to be ready and melt into its beauty.
It doesn’t help that I’m not held to the same standard as them either. I have to be perfect when I publish my work. Nothing can be out of line for me. The big 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 I be known as the author who wrote a couple of great books and never wrote another awesome book again?
Do you see that trend? What do you think?