So I am attempting to write this post while eating a sprouted cinnamon-and-raisin English muffin. So far, the muffin is winning.
Needless to say, this isn't going to be one of my deeply-thought-out Fricassees. I am delighted that last Friday's post resonated with so many of you; I appreciate your comments and emails.
Today's thought: Is it about the WRITING or about the STORY? This isn't a unique conversation in the publishing world, but I'm asking you personally. What matters more to YOU? As a reader and as a writer? (Do you have to separate those when you read? Or are you all sorts of monogamous?)
I love the way a compelling story will keep me on the edge of my seat, fingers twitching to turn the page. But if the writing isn't sparkling, too, then that edge-of-seatness loses its sharpness. VERY. QUICKLY. Because, for me, writing is paramount. Of course I want a good plot; of course I want to be propelled forward. But words and language mean so much to me--SO MUCH--that anything less than WONDERFUL in that department is going to leave me flat.
Mind you, beautiful writing with no real story isn't exactly exciting. It's not like you can separate the two elements and be left with a decent book. But a fast-paced edge-of-seater feels like a cheap thrill when it's poorly written, whereas beautiful prose will leave me sighing in contentment even if the story was so quiet I don't remember it the next day.
That's me. What about you?
(And, as always, have a wonderful weekend!)