Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Writer Will Take Your Questions Now (#124) -- Most Demeaning

What is the most demeaning thing said about you as a writer?

Perhaps the worst came from someone very close to me (and no, I'm not saying who it was). This person said:

"Let me know when you stop writing comic books and start writing real books, and I'll check out your stuff."

First, ouch.

Second, try writing comics. I dare you. It's not easy. I daresay it's harder than writing so-called "real" books because a writer has to think  not just in words, but in pictures and then describe those pictures in straightforward language without the benefit of 60 pages of describing the Tolkienesque mountains along the journey.

Third, comics are real books. Nowadays more than ever. They have the same fancy hardcover bindings and long page counts. And in many cases, as much dialog and internal monologue as a novel (they just do the narrative descriptions with pretty pictures and not words).

Fourth, I have written "real" books now too (to use this person's definition). Have you bought one yet?