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.
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:
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.
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.
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