For those of you rapidly scrolling up and down looking for pictures, you want girls gone wild. for those of you reading, last night at one of my writing groups, one of my fellow members had a piece about how they had stopped reading a poet they loved because he was having an affair. The ensuing discussion suddenly started around how authors can and can’t, should or shouldn’t behave.
in a perfect world, an authors opinions would be unimportant in relation to their writing. their story craft would stand on its own and their own views of the world and politics and the events of the world would be unimportant. Of course, in that same world I would have a pet giraffe that I would ride to the store with a killer stereo between its horns and an AC so I didn’t get too hot.
In the real world, especially with the need to use social media, an author will be judged by his views as much as his writing.
say for instance you have a strong view about the de-desalinization of the ocean. (and yes I choose a subject that no one will have an opinion on) an Author that comes out in favor of oceanic desalinization, some readers that agree with him will dismiss him, either because he is not Pro-desalinization enough, or because they think he is only on board for desalinization to grow a readership. the other extreme, an author that is willing to chain him self to the intake valve to shut the desalinization plant down and save the plankton. Most readers will decide he is unstable or that he is a publicity hound only trying to get readers.
Sad reality is, no matter what side of the desalinization debate an author is on, the only thing he can do by jumping in on it is loose readers.
My tactic has been simple, people who post things that annoy me, I turn them off my feeds, they can see what I am doing and when/if I start making money, I will contribute to the causes I believe in quietly [and hope that no one ever discovers I am pro desalinization]
we could dwell on how ironic it is that thanks to marketing and social media, an author, who by definition writes words for a living needs to self censor.