Why It’s Bad Form to Tell a Writer to Stop Writing

Clear evidence that not all exposure is good for your writing career. The piece may be ill-thought out tongue-in-cheek, but it’s opened Shepherd to ridicule. I wish her well but hope she retracts or explains her piece. I’ve noticed a number of writers writing for Huffpost to give them larger exposure but they write for free and they are not doing their writing or their careers any favours. So here’s my plea to all writers (and a reminder to self): think before you push the send button.

HyperReality

When I saw the title of this piece, “If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It” that was originally published on HuffPost Culture this past weekend, I felt a familiar rage bubble to the surface before I even read the first sentence, which, by the way, was this: “When I told a friend the title of this piece she looked at me in horror and said, ‘You can’t say that, everyone will just put it down to sour grapes!'”

I’m going to, for a second, ignore the fact that the author, Lynn Shepherd knew titling a piece like that would garner a lot of attention and, again, for a second, play devil’s advocate. Had she tackled this subject with an extensive knowledge of JK Rowling’s work, which includes the complete seven book Harry Potter series, I would have been open to hear what she had to…

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