Like, really? Really?
I’ve seen more than a few of these types of posts and each time, I scratch my head and feel annoyed.
So you have a great idea, you think, or you have interesting characters and you want to tell a story. That’s great! Go ahead and do that!
But please read some books before you think you can write a story. I realize that there are different levels to writing a story—maybe you’re writing as a creative outlet or you’re writing fanfiction or you’re writing a class assignment. Maybe writing is your hobby. I’ve been in these places; I think every writer has at some point.
But here’s the deal: If you ever want your stuff to be taken seriously–or to be published–then you can’t come in with the attitude that your fictional story is absolutely brilliant, even though you hate fiction. Or your book is going to be the next Twilight, Hunger Games, or Divergent, even though you hate reading. Or that whatever you write doesn’t need to adhere to basic grammar and spelling rules, as well as the most basic of formatting (indent before paragraphs, a new paragraph when a new character speaks, page breaks, quotation marks).
Because guess what? You hate fiction, but you’re writing fiction? It shows in your writing that you don’t read it because there are always certain expectations readers have of fiction, particularly genre fiction.
You hate reading, but you want to write a book. Do you not see the basic contradiction here?
Grammer, spelling, and formatting rules exist for a reason. It’s so written language can be easily understood.
Writing books is not an easy thing to do. Plunging in without being a reader…I don’t even know how that’s possible.
Go read a book.