2020/06/15

A Mark of Midwittery

A word of caution I frequently give my editing clients is that excess repetition quickly exhausts readers' patience. Most authors quickly get the concept.

Continued reliance on repeating the same old saws ad nauseam is a mark of midwittery and creative bankruptcy.

Whether former Disney author propagandist Chuck Wendig never had an editor who gave him that advice, or he simply can't take it, I leave for you to judge.

Wendig - Hookers

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24 comments:

  1. As a midwit, I must object in the strongest terms to being lumped in with this knucklehead. You defame us, sir!

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    1. If it's any consolation, Wendig is probably suffering from demonic obsession as well.

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    2. Jesus says that man does not live by bread alone, but Mr. Wendig could probably use some. A diet free of gluten and high fructose corn syrup will only keep you healthy enough to rebel against God.

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  2. Unrelated, but worth mentioning.

    https://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/catholic-composer-david-haas-accused-of-sexual-battery-and-spiritual-manipu?_hsmi=89541156&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8ZlGCcMrPHTuG939dV1icZ2arkyAU1oLcJ5wrIE519LRxxq2wCYhd90LM8nTuAqypMvZBsjgUe5VuGn5dpcuVlgVQZEw

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    1. Having been subjected to several of his Boomer guitar hymns growing up, I can't say I'm surprised.

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    2. I was hoping his hymns would be abolished by papal bull, but this works too.

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    3. “You Are Mine” lyrics now have a creepy tone.

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  3. Enlighten my ignorance please. What is this "dead hooker" thing Wendig keeps flaying?

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  4. Wendig, whatever his other problems, has some serious issues if he really thinks that crap is funny. Repetition is bad enough, but the substance of the repetition is just plain sick.

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    1. That, too, but humor is 99% delivery. Norm MacDonald made the same joke funny.

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    2. A professional comedian can make almost anything funny. With Wendig it just comes off as lame at best and creepy at worst.

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    3. Indeed. That's why the best comedy writers are justly revered in the craft.

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  5. Living proof that you can be a terrible writer and have a successful career as long as you have the right politics. See also John Scalzi, or any modern hugo awards winner if we are being honest.

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    1. Yup. Another blogger remarked in a tweet we aspiring writers need not agonize about our writing again.
      Also I'm affronted. As someone who suffers from dyspraxia, I struggle not to be wordy when writing and prolix when speaking but Chuck has had a career where he write mediocre texts that read like involuntary sonic outbursts from....something.

      Lord grant me concision of speech and economy in writing so I can offer my modest creations to Your glory and love.
      xavier

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    2. Elevating mediocre-to-horrible writers is oldpub's entire operation now. It's all a humiliation ritual.

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    3. Brian,

      Concour. It's the reason I refuse to read DC/Marvel comics and prefer to read non English stories

      xavier

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  6. Obsessed much? Reading those tweets, my takeaway is that the creep really did murder a hooker.

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    1. Unlike Trump, Wendig can't boast that murder wouldn't make him less popular.

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    2. Those guys are really good at projection. It was my takeaway too that he was probably involved in the death of a hooker.

      That also reminds me of something I heard another author say. She said "Writers like to write stories about people that are just like themselves. It's why I'm glad I'm not George R. R. Martin's sister."

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    3. That's the nigh-universal tendency among female and effeminate authors. They can't resist writing about themselves.

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  7. Last of Us II devs and games journos fight over who holds the conch:

    https://youtu.be/ue8hCbKJeyc

    Let them fight.

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  8. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Chuck Wendig probably hasn’t murdered any prostitutes. However, he probably thinks about it all the time to the Detroit his marriage and social life.

    I would agree that there is likely something demonic going on there. It reminds me of James Gunn’s tweet history and his obsession with pedo jokes.

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