Have you ever looked at a book and decided one day that you would only use a quarter of the words in the English-Oxford dictionary while discarding the rest?
“Oh…that word isn’t important and…neither is that one.”
For the life of me, I stare at the work that I’ve accomplished these past 17 years and I’m frankly at a loss as to how the mainstream and their pundits can still sit there and tell me how to write my damned books.
“Write actively, never passively!” they cry and blah, blah, blah.
You know why? These are my books. I decide what words should go in them. Not some overpaid stuffed shirt who’s never seen the inside of a porno club in his entire life. (Raises hand on the last part.)
If I want to write passively and with a great amount of pride in my work, you better believe that it’s going to come out better than what these idiots in the mainstream put out on a good day. Why? Because unlike some people in this business, I take my time on my projects.
Months. Sometimes years. And while I still remain unpublished to this day (why rush the process?), I still can say with absolute certainty that what I write will read a hell of a lot better than what’s in today’s novel spread–even if there are some words and what have you in them that the mainstream constantly cries and bitches about not wanting to see put in.
I’m not in the market to be absolutely perfect and my work should reflect my passion and commitment to writing a decent book. It may not be perfect for the masses who swear by the likes of John Grisham or Stephen King, but you know what? I don’t care. I use whatever is at my disposal to turn out a really awesome book project–even if it uses words that everyone hates and loathes.
It’s besides the point.
The English language was meant to be exploited and expanded on in turn. Not suppressed and oppressed because those in the business are fucking fearful of the words “can”, “can’t” “and” “has not” and down the list we go.
I use these words and many others like it to express myself to the fullness of my ability and imagination. Not to go, “today I’m going to sanitize all my novels of every word ending in ‘ly or ‘ing’ and stuff my work with words that would make a cop at a doughnut shop cringe in horror.”
I’m sorry, but I don’t feel like having to go through my entire arsenal and reword everything bit for loving bit just to make the idiots in upstate New York happy.
They may be in the business of making money, but I’m in the business of writing novels. It’s my call to decide what should go in and where it will be at.