Posted: Jul 26, 2014 5:56 am
by SafeAsMilk
epepke wrote:
SafeAsMilk wrote:When I think of shitty writing, I think of unskilled draftsmanship. A person could still be skilled at the art of writing and turn out repetitive dreck. This is the case with many genre writers. But the 50 Shades author just straight-up has no idea how to write. I like Phillip K. Dick because his story ideas are so interesting, even though in terms of skill he's a terrible writer.

Awesome. My thoughts exactly, about Dick that is. I've wondered, however, if he made a decision to forego good writing in order to get the ideas out. Man in the High Castle shows some chops, at least with the use of language to reinforce the cultures. However, I didn't really enjoy it a lot, compared to some of his less well written but much more interesting books.

He does sometimes manage to get it incredibly right, but his flashes are brief.

Agreed. I suspect his drug problem was at least partly responsible for his sloppy work, though I think in general he just wasn't very good. I remember him getting better in later stuff like VALIS, but still...not great. Too busy spitting out amazing ideas and changing the face of sci-fi literature to really spend the time on his craft. Really is part of the character of his writing though, I wouldn't change it for anything.