Sloppy Novel Writing
A Reading Writer Observation
Before I became a book blogger, I never had a DNF (did not finish), not the kind where you know you will never, ever come back to a book. I would put one aside, thinking that I just wasn’t in the mood for it but having every intention of reading it in the future. (There are probably some gathering dust on my shelf. Did I say, “dust?” No, of course, there’s no dust on my shelves. 😉 )
In the past two weeks, I’ve had two DNFs, both by Indie writers who claim to write romantic comedy. The latter sent out a lot of ARCs and already had about 130 extremely favorable (4 and 5 star) reviews on Goodreads despite the fact that the book was problematic in writing, details, and attitude. I’ve never read either of these writers before and won’t be reading them in the future either, unless they discover editors.
Indie writers are slamming the market with books. Some are self-publishing every month or every other month. Many are selling books that contain bad writing. (How do you begrudgingly pull into a parking space?) Readers are buying them.
I find myself wishing that the authors of some of these novels weren’t so intent on making a buck, cared more about their writing, and respected their readers and themselves enough to not self-publish sloppy books. And, yes, I know and agree, that there are traditionally published books that are sloppy. I’ve read two of those in the past six months as well.
If we as readers and reviewers don’t demand more, why should writers and publishers give us more? If a reader/reviewer gives only 4 and 5 star reviews on Goodreads, even to lousy books which the reader acknowledges are lousy, then that reader is ultimately doing us all a disservice. Maybe they don’t care. And, if that’s the case, why even bother to rate books at all? Which is probably another question for another day.