Responsibility

I have always believed that there are certain responsibilities that I have as a writer. I consider them my job requirements, and like most requirements, sometimes they are met, and some days they are not. However, I do pride myself on trying each day to keep these responsibilities ever present in my mind and actions.

The first one is the responsibility not to treat readers as idiots. I think, perhaps that sometimes writers, even myself fall into the trap of thinking that everything must be explained, detailed, or the words we use must be small and easily rolled off the tongue. I’ve heard it said that this is done to reach a wider audience, to make sure the work is accessible to more people. Perhaps this is a valid justification for writing an adult novel at the level of an elementary textbook, but I don’t think so.

Think about it. Those who read, and read consistently within the general public have some of the most diverse vocabulary out there. They are articulate, have great reasoning skills, and usually have the knowledge base, and the access to resources needed to get the information they need to make informed decisions about what they read, and what they are reading. In short, they know their stuff, and if they don’t, they know where to get the information they n

Why I Chose the Self-Publishing Route

It started out simply enough really. A short story challenge given to me by a friend had grown. It had grown by about an additional 180 pages to be exact. Writing the great American novel had never really been in my life plans, and yet, here I was, polishing off a short, but respectable novel just shy of 60,000 words.

I enjoyed the process; I relished in the research that I did, became giddy when the plot line took an unexpected turn, and believe it or not, when my long suffering beta readers pointed out the glaring flaws in my plot line, I was grateful. Over the next months, I edited, revised, got it looked at and edited professionally, and did everything I could think of to make sure that it was the best that it could be. While in all honesty I don’t think I will ever be completely satisfied with the work I do, including The Spring and Autumn Murders, it came to the point where I had to let it go and see if it would survive the initial push out of the nest.

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