At the end of the year, it’s common to let one’s blog readers know the most popular posts. But I assume most of you read those popular posts. After all, those posts were popular.
So I’m instead going to tell you about the posts I liked, but ones that didn’t get very many reads for whatever reason, just in case you missed something.
What the Reader Expects: “It’s been twenty-mumble years since I first decided I wanted to write novels. I sucked at it. I sucked hard. I mean, a lifetime of theater and reading had given me an internalized understanding of story arcs and the importance of emotional investment. But my plots had holes as deep as the Mariana Trench. The characters—young and old—indulged in the emotional roller coaster of adolescent melodrama. Plot stuff happened because those happenings gave me an excuse to shoot the characters into the next Big! Emotional! Scene!”
Independent Bookstores = Happier Writers: “Thinking the fall of Big Box retailers signals the demise of literature and a decrease in a writer’s opportunity is like seeing the bankruptcy of Applebee’s as an event of culinary significance.”
Seeing My Own Bias: “That’s a problem, really. My problem. I don’t much like discovering how deeply certain biases sit in me. It isn’t comfortable. But it is real, so there ya go.”
Pomegranates and Bats: “Will most readers give a damn? Gods above, I hope not. I mean, if my readers are more focused on the damned moth than the plot and characters, I have most likely failed to tell a compelling story. But such “unnoticed” details form a larger picture, and sometimes its faults are actually easier to see in the whole than in the parts.”
Bonus Selection — Does Convention Visibility Matter? : “Now, maybe the 2500+ attendees of Gen Con’s Symposium certain to see the advertisements (and the additional fifty thousand attendees who might see them) aren’t considered a large enough audience for publishers. But, considering the number of novels released around the time of Gen Con, and the number of authors who could use even the smallest sales boost, I think it’s ridiculous—from a writer’s perspective—so few publishers chose to promote even fewer writers.”
ETA: And just in case you’re curious, the most popular post ever on this blog is still Seeing Is Understanding,