On Drawing Conclusions Without Thinking Too Hard

November 15th, 2004 · 5 Comments
by Booksquare

The two most popular categories are those labeled “Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror” and “Romance & Erotic Fiction.” Part of that, suggests Baty, has to do with the fact that sci-fi writers have taken to the Web easily. Another element may be the fact that romantic fiction is highly formulaic and therefore easy to write in a month.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • Susan Gable // Nov 15, 2004 at 2:12 pm

    I think whoever made that statement about romance being formulaic and therefore easier to write in one month needs to lean a little closer to his monitor so I can smack him.

  • booksquare // Nov 15, 2004 at 10:14 pm

    I’m sorry, Susan…normally, we encourage your participation in the backblogs, but only if you’ve finished all of your revisions. Unless, of course, your reaction is a result of said revisions. After all, you’ve made comments that indicate formula might be a dirty word…

    However, much as it pains us to say this, the author of the article was not male. Shocking but true. Your disappointment was as great as ours.

  • Kate Rothwell // Nov 16, 2004 at 5:17 am

    Fine. Susan may smack her then. Sounds like Ms. SG is in the right state of mind (and stage of a book) to haul off with a good wallop.

  • Susan Gable // Nov 16, 2004 at 12:46 pm

    Oh, yes, I am definately in the correct stage of the book to haul off and whack someone. Even if it’s a female someone. LOL. I don’t discriminate. Anyone who made that comment deserves it.

    And no, the revisions are not yet done, and I’m feeling like they may not ever get done, but that can’t happen because they have to be on my editor’s desk on Friday. And they will be.

    But I wish someone would tell me the dang “formula” so I can quickly and easily complete my task. LOL!

  • booksquare // Nov 16, 2004 at 1:03 pm

    Sorry — you didn’t get the formula memo? It was supposed to be included in your Welcome to the Big Bad World of Writing package (sometimes it’s overlooked — but you can usually find it after the “If I Give You My Idea, You Can Write The Book, And We’ll Share The Money” worksheet).

    Basically the formula is this:

    Yes, we used invisible ink because this information could fall into the wrong hands, and that would be disastrous. Tinkering and worse could happen. You will find the recipe for revealing what is invisible in the same Welcome packet referenced earlier.

    Also, violence never solves anything — but who cares when it feels good?