I am sure everyone knows there has been a lot of drama in the M/M and M/F writing communities this week. A M/M author appears to have taken some M/F books, changed them to M/M and published the stories as her own. I am not going to delve into the whole mess and start pointing fingers and making accusations. Plagiarism is inexcusable and anyone who does it should be made to answer for their actions through the appropriate authorities.
They, and their family, shouldn’t have to answer to every random attacker who has heard about what has happened and wants to stick the knife in.
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone and all that.
And, equally unnecessary is the accusations that anyone who is a prolific writer must be a plagiarist.
Well, that’s a load of crap.
Some people can write fast. I can write fast.
When I have peace and quiet, the house to myself, and a keyboard free of cats, I can knock out anything up to 16,000 words in a day.
My lack of self-discipline is what lets me down, but now and again I do write like the wind.
Try two days. Yes, that’s right. The story was in my head and would not leave me alone long enough to work on anything else. I wrote it in a single weekend. I didn’t pull any all nighters, and yes, I spent a lot of time polishing it before it went anywhere, but the bones of the story itself were written in a couple of days.
And yes, I am sure there are people out there who might have read it and said that it shows in the quality of the work, but you know what, it is my most popular story, so a lot more would seem to be happy with it.
Had I the motivation to do this more often I could be as prolific a writer as those who do manage to produce book after book on a regular basis throughout the year. I bow down before their greatness and wish I wasn’t so easily distracted.
In November I am signed up for NaNoWriMo again. The aim for most people that month is to write 50,000 words. I can usually hit that target in the first half of the month. I didn’t last year – which was a bit of a disaster I won’t go into again – but I have most years.
This year I am aiming for 75,000 words instead. I am hoping to finish the whole first draft of Shifting Currents in the 30 days.
And that isn’t even the craziest idea I have entertained in the last week or so.
Doing two or even three projects concurrently in November has crossed my mind as well.
I want to write Michael and Lucifer’s story. I want to write my elven story. I want to write the very unromantic story of a young man who finds himself in a bad relationship he doesn’t know how to get out of. There are so many stories I want to write, I don’t feel I could ever run out of ideas.
Yet I wonder, suppose I were to write all those stories during the highly motivating month of November… I have a week off of work and I don’t envisage all the stories being full length novels. It isn’t entirely outside of the realms of possibility for me.
Suppose I managed it – would that mean the next accusation is flung in my direction? No one can write that fast, therefore I must have copied the stories from someone else…
Prolific does not automatically mean plagiarist and writers sure as hell should know the difference between the two words.
There are writers out there who can write so fast and are so well disciplined it makes the rest of us envious of what they can manage to achieve.
But don’t like that envy turn you into something ugly.
Admire those authors who write a book a month, learn from them, and follow their example, don’t let your envy lead you to making spiteful and dangerous accusations like the ones I have seen around the internet this week.