liz_marcs (liz_marcs) wrote,

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Does this happen for anyone else?

You see a fanfic with potential, but it's got a big grammar problem.

You politely point out grammar problem to writer.

Writer says there's a reason for it.

You politely explain that there are other ways to accomplish what they think they're accomplishing and that this grammar problem will drive away potential readers.

Writer pulls the "well, as fanfic writers and professional writers, we do things for art..." card.

In this not-so-hypothetical situation, my response always tends to be as follows:

  • Grit teeth

  • Refrain from pointing out that I actually am a professional writer who's been paid for her output since high school and that I damn well know what I'm talking about

  • Physically sit on hands to prevent myself from typing just that


I just don't get it when people pull that card. I really don't. Especially since no one really knows who they're talking to when they say something that condescending in a response. For all the correspondent knows, the person pointing out the problem could be a NYT Best Selling Author hiding behind a Nom de Internet.

Granted, I'm not a NYT Best Selling Author, but I'm most certainly have been and am currently being published in various venues and media.

Jesus. I wouldn't pull that card on someone online, especially over fanfic.

I suppose that's why it annoys the fuck out of me when someone pulls it on me. It's like this big red, shiny button that too many people like to press over the stupidest shit.

And because I don't want to start wank, I have to get up and walk away from the computer for 5 minutes.

Thank you for letting me vent, y'all.

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