I’m trying to reopen The Deepening, not as an online fiction magazine, but as a stimulating place to discover the joys of reading fiction. I have a category called Peek Behind the Scenes which is supposed to give a look into the creative minds responsible for the stories. Unfortunately, nothing much comes up in the way of “interesting” when it comes to many writers. Most writers are REALLY BORING. A look at their forums and their blogs will confirm this if you doubt me.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I know authors who ARE exciting people. Their minds are constantly abuzz with what-ifs, they are forever rolling out new ideas, playing with possibilities, toying with potentials. A few. Some really good ones, too. But the majority? Omigod. Dry, boring, awful. The only thing coming out of their fingers when it isn’t fiction is their medical history, their love life, and their daily routines from brushing their teeth to their craving for adulation and praise (“Pweez, pweez, wuv my stories and gimme lotz and lotz of muny.”)
I’m sorry, but if the best thing an author has to offer as insight is some sappy, giddiness about how much they totally adore the false flattery given them by some reviewer they paid, or, worse, some whiny moan about how hard it is to get published, nobody cares, especially me. What I want to hear is how they conceive their worlds, what generates an idea to form itself into a plot, what drives them to create characters and how they make them so real that their readers want to know more and more about those characters.
What drives the ideas? What music, sounds, visions, happenings? What happens inside them to make such magic happen with words (if what they do is any good, that is…which, for the majority who call themselves writers, isn’t)?
What do I see and hear from writers, though?
“I’ve got an adorable baby, a husband, a cat, and a dog. I live in Anytown, AnyCountry. I want to be rich and famous someday. I love my new patio, and my favorite color is red.”
“I’m simply the most marvelous thing since chocolate syrup. You really will love my new book called Sonya’s Sunshine Dream and you need to buy a copy over at BlankDotCom where all my books are published by DumbSap Publishing.”
“Those rotten publishers and agents won’t even look at my book. They didn’t even have the courtesy to respond to my query until over six months after I sent it in. And then they said no. I mean, sure their guidelines say ninety days, but I’m special….”
Um…get a life?
Of course, artists aren’t much better, and neither are muscians, but, right now, I’m ranting on writers because it seems to me that I should be able to look somebody up and they should have more in their bio and on their blog than “I’m married and have two kids…,” “My eczema is better,” “I just finished tidying up my closet…,” or “I just got rejected again….”
Nobody cares. Really. Give us some insights into what catalyzes your creativity, what excites you, what makes you write a pulse-pounding story. Else, hang it up. Don’t say anything. That would do you less harm.