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July 10, 2006
posted by David Meigs at 7/10/2006 11:09:00 AM
I left this comment at a fellow writer’s blog today. Perhaps it might resonate with some of you.

Here’s what I wrote:

“Who doesn’t want to be accepted by their peers? It is sad, but our craft has it’s fill of elitist snobs.

I recall reading Dean Koontz’s account of receiving a letter from his High School English teacher who was disappointed that he had “sold out” and not written the “Great American Novel”.

Tsk, tsk… Shame on her.

Mr. Koontz is a true master of HIS craft, which is different, but NOT lesser than the great literary icons such as Shakespeare, Dickens or Marlow who were masters of their craft.

If we concern ourselves with pleasing man, how can we ever please God?

I argued with the Lord before I wrote about the Nephilim. I knew it would doom me as a hack by some, but I followed His leading anyway.

I think God was pleased, and He is “more cool” than any of those “cool people”.

But then, I’m a curmudgeon.”


Am I wrong?

What do you think?
 

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16 Comments:


At Monday, July 10, 2006, Blogger Rulan

I agree with what you are saying. We need to write for the Lord, for He alone knows what is best. He alone can reach the hearts through what we write. He knows the path He has set for our lives.

It is amazing how many people attack writers for not doing what THEY think is right.

I must go and read WG's post. It sounds interesting. Thank you for bringing it up.

Have a great day and God bless.

 

At Monday, July 10, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

To be honest, I don’t know what group of “cool people” WG was speaking to, or what objections they have to what he does (it could be racing).

I simply reacted to my experiences and then thought to post it for a reaction.

I’ll put your comment on the side of the choir. But I bet someone will take me to task?

I hope so anyway. But then, I’m a curmudgeon. : )

 

At Monday, July 10, 2006, Blogger K. Jimmy

it makes me wonder what idea some people have about us being created in God's image....does that, to them, mean that we should all be clones? to me, it means we should each be radically different from one another and so should our works, because he is so huge, so multi-faceted...look at each of his creations, and how different each human beings is from the next, how different each tree, each rock...should we take our maker to task for not "doing creation" in a style more like picasso's?!
anyway that's a little off the track (down, girl!), but what im trying to say is that we each have a unique voice and a unique message, and a unique delivery method for our message. who is anyone to question what another does with their voice? i havent read the post you're talking about either but im about to....thanks for giving me a soapbox for my mind to stand on today! if i think of anything more intelligent to say after actually thinking (ie not reacting!) i'll let you know!

 

At Monday, July 10, 2006, Blogger Mirtika

If Koontz's teacher didn't recognize a cracking good writer when she read one, maybe she shouldn't be teaching English.

Frankly, I've read a couple novels that aspired to the GAN, and they bored me out of my skull.

I'll take FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE any day over some classic Great American novels that left me utterly cold in high school and some "rediscovered gender classics" that I had to read in College.

Writing is too hard to try to write to please someone else's idea of great literature. Writers should write what they want-need-must-ache to write, genre pulp or avant-garde or didactic or whatever.

I'm getting sick of the whole, "write great books" thing, frankly. Who the heck knows what a great book is when they're writing it? We're all trying to do something we're proud of.

Mir

 

At Monday, July 10, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Karen and Mir,

Amen... well said.

That’s two more votes for the choir.

 

At Monday, July 10, 2006, Blogger M. C. Pearson

It is hard to act on faith...much easier to go by the world's standards of success.

We just need to pray for one another not to get too caught up with the world. Right?

 

At Monday, July 10, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Mimi, you are right again... as usual. Well said.

 

At Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Anonymous Victoria Gaines

Excellent post--needed this one today.

I've recently bumped into some literary 'snobs'. Who are any of us to judge another's writing anyway, other than to point out what resonates most deeply with us? Mir put it right when she said that writing is too hard to try to please someone else's idea of great literature. We all would love some recognition but, hey, it's hard enough to write by faith and not by sight--if you know what I mean.

Blessing to you!
Vicki

 

At Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Vicki, I know what you mean. Nobody should be made to feel bad for writing “Fantasy”, “Mystery”, “Romance”, or one of the other genres. They are different, but not lesser.

Sometimes I get the feeling that a writer must pass a litmus test to be accepted as one of the “cool guys”. It’s like we are back in Jr. High School. It’s the PC police.

I admit that I draw joy from my passive-aggressive needling of those who I feel look down on me. I know what buttons to push, and like a true curmudgeon, it tastes so sweet to see their heads pop.

But to be fair, I’ve found that it’s the wannabe’s who are venomous. The true literary elite (and I use that term with respect) that I fellowship with, are humble, warm and accepting.

I am a proponent of good writing and it’s true that some works are arguably better than others. I am a fan of the literary classics, but I also have a deep appreciation for the masters of the diverse genres. And there are some true masters.

 

At Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Blogger Bonnie Calhoun

We're not to follow man, but the leadings of God. So don't pay attention to what the world says...only God's opinion matters!

 

At Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Thanks for that Bonnie.

I guess God knows what He's doing even when we think we know better. I only wish I was a better listener.

 

At Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Blogger Rulan

Hey, we could all do with being better listeners.

 

At Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

...can you repeat that? I wasn’t listening.

 

At Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Blogger Rulan

lol. nutter. :)

 

At Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Blogger Michelle Pendergrass

It continually amazes me how God uses my online friends to affirm conversations He's had with me. :) Especially in those low, insecure moments.

 

At Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Michelle, you are exactly right (as usual). God uses His children to build His children up. He’s building a family.

BTW – You are an awesome writer!