Sunday, February 12, 2012
"The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty." - John Steinbeck
If you write a work of fiction with the intent that it should be believed to be fact, you are committing literary adultery. When a writer publishes a book, it is offered up as a solemn vow to any reader willing to accept it; be it a novel, a memoir, or a collection of poetry. "This is my work. I present it to you as it is. Please accept it, however humble it may be." There should be little wonder, if an author is found to be false, that readers are repulsed when they find out they have been deceived. If you feel the need to publish a novel under the false pretenses of a memoir, not only does it show a lack of respect for your readers but it shows a lack of self-confidence in your ability to write a decent novel. I will never buy a book by an author who has stooped to such a gimmick.