Does the Internet Create Bad Writers? — A.M.Bradley

Today, while everyone in the house was asleep, I decided to check my profile on Wattpad. During my internet lurking, I looked at a popular writer’s profile. This writer has three books listed on the hot list, so when I went to read their story, I thought it would be well written. Sadly, not to my surprise, I was wrong. Dead wrong.

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The first paragraph of the story contained a run-on sentence. In fact, the whole paragraph was a run-on. Needless to say, the first chapter was mostly badly written dialogue and little exposition. To protect the writer, I won’t mention names or titles, but the story has over 2.3M reads. And all of the sequels have between 200-500K reads.

My reaction to that:

for-sake

When I went to the writer’s profile again and read her comments, I saw she was offering an editing service. Not only that, but she was also charging for critiques. I was surprised to see a writer with a poorly written, cliché story charging services as an editor. To be fair, and I don’t know for sure, but I’m wondering if she is basing her skill on popularity.

I was curious, so I messaged the writer asking what her credentials were. After reading an amazing blog post about how to find a good editor, I wanted to see what this writer had to say.

I know for a fact most of her readers are teens, and I was bothered by this. That leads me to wonder, does the internet create bad writers?

In life, being popular means everything. That thinking process starts as early as elementary school. Therefore, if you have a popular story, you must be a good writer.

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Being good at something is subjective, but I fear the internet is downgrading our standards of good writing.

I may be wrong about this, but it’s something that bothers me. As a writer myself who always aims to improve my craft, sometimes I wonder why bother, but then I remember because I love to write.

To my fellow writers, how do you feel about this? Do you think the internet is creating bad writers, or should I ask, do you think it’s reducing what we consider well-written stories? I know some feel that way about self-publishing too.

Sigh…why can’t us little writers get a break?

Also, if you didn’t notice, I was in a Loki mood today.

(All gifs are from giphy.com) 

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5 thoughts on “Does the Internet Create Bad Writers? — A.M.Bradley

  1. This is a six of one, half a dozen of another situation for me. I’ve seen excellent stories in terms of content that were let down by a poor writing style while there have been others that were written very well and eloquently, but the story itself was a snooze fest. The former is definitely the lesser of two evils (I might be biased because I know my writing style isn’t the finished article). I want to be entertained by a good yarn as opposed to wowed by how beautifully written something is. It does frustrate me that I yearn to be an author and have done for over twenty years while you get these fly-by-nights who pick up writing out of boredom and garner freak success overnight, but I don’t lose heart over it. Each to their own I guess. I’d rather concentrate on my own work and make that as good as I can while ignoring the aforementioned fly-by-nights.

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  2. I believe the answer is yes and no. When I was a teenager, I carried around a pen and notebook as well as whichever poet I was studying at the time. I just read and wrote. I sucked less and less with every attempt. Every poet I studied thought me something. What I like and don’t like and even how to find the quality in styles and such that I don’t like. Personally, I hate this new, minimalistic free verse that the internet, I would find out later, is littered with it! It lacks substance. It’s a bitesize platitude with a bitter taste. So, my writing began to transform and it would continue until the present, my poems got more mature, the styles became more of my own while still paying tribute to the frame work. I was never aware that a poetry community existed in my little borough. I had very little poets for friends and they didn’t stick around long. When I discovered poetry communities online, I was disappointed in them. Most wanted membership fees without any access to helpful resources, venomous critiques, and god-awful poetry. It was all so dull and shallow. And where was I when haikus became a big thing. I feel like there’s a reason we learned them in grammar school and did more challenging poetry in high school. I started my blog as a last-ditch effort to try to start a career as a writer and get some dialogue going, maybe make some friends, and get feedback but I’m it’s been rough. I get plenty of hits a day. Enough to be proud of. But rarely a comment, a like, god forbid a follower. I have a very severe illness and am unable to keep a real job. I just want to at least keep trying until I need to seek out a group home or something like that. I stay up for days at a time, writing non stop, promoting constantly, making an effort to find a nice thing to say about some one’s work, helping a beginner, and so much more. I had to recruit a co-author to help me out with the work load. I’m jaded today and needed to rant. I think the internet makes too many poets. Publishers can’t handle all of these submissions. And my illness is beginning to become a serious strain on my relationships and hasn’t made me a popular person. I’m very insufferable and bizarre, outwardly offensive. I don’t know what is real and what’s a delusion any more so when I try to talk to someone about how I am, when I’m asking for help, they think that I’m lying or manipulating them or back on drugs. I have schizophrenia I’m doing all I can but it’s catching up quickly and I’m nervous. I’m sorry I just rambled there. I just need a little support. That’s it and I reciprocate. Thanks for listening to a Looney toon. Sorry if it doesn’t make sense.

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