So I was thinking, as a writer I have come across many people who are disappointed, annoyed, disgruntled, pissed off, stupefied, and a little abusive at me when I don’t know particular authors or titles.
I’ve tried to hold back, I’ve tried to side-step, and I’ve tried to pretend that I just don’t talk about authors I read (like many other authors out there – it’s true, most authors will not talk about authors they read. I’ve tried and read and heard many interviews, they usually won’t say. I wonder if it’s the same reason as me or some other reason?). But in the end it is just because I don’t care.
Harsh, yes, true, kind of. I care a little. Mostly I forget about an author or title soon after reading. I only like a few authors and I only like a few of their books, except one. Raymond E. Feist. Love all his books.
Anyway, I have not read as much as other people out there (for pleasure reading), I know this. I also know that I read even less than probably the average. Sure, I always have a book or two I’m reading, but I don’t read a book every week. Instead it is probably less than 10 books a year. A writer should read more, right? Well, yes, and for me, no. I read fiction and non-fiction as study pieces. I gather together ten to 20 books and read passages from the books and then study the way they did it, then compare the passages to my preferred writing style. But I’m damned if I can remember who the writers are!
In closing, I run a writing group and I also talk to many other writers, and also met an asshole named Brad in NYC who is a writer. From the majority they are usually taken back by my lack of knowledge of names and titles. Yes, I study writing, but I don’t remember who wrote them and what they wrote. Maybe it’s why I could never have a hero or mentor. Idolizing just does not come easy to me. The way I see it is that only sheep idolize.
In closing part two, to anyone that can’t deal with me not knowing all the major authors and major titles out there I say, I’m sorry. Oh wait, that’s not it, get stuffed! That’s what I meant to say 😉
P.S. Please feel free to weigh in. Tomorrow I may even have a different point of view.