Insecure Writers Support Group 2 September 2020: My Posthumous Writing Partner
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This month's question from the Insecure Writers' Support Group:
September 2 question - If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?
Apparently, these days it's not a popular opinion, but I am as much the anti-popularity chick as I am the anti-fashion chick, so I don't care too much about that.
It's obvious to anyone who subjects themselves to my writing on a regular basis that I have been heavily influenced by H.P. Lovecraft.
Lovecraft is not a popular influence in these days of Wokeness because his strange upbringing and phobias of pretty much everything led him to hold unfortunate xenophobic viewpoints. However, I was a Lovecraft connaisseur long before the Wokescolds decided to wring every last drop of enjoyment out of every last thing that they could get their Woke claws on, and I endeavored to learn about the author himself as well as deriving enjoyment from his stories.
What I learned about Lovecraft from people who actually knew the man and scholars who studied his correspondence with people who actually knew him was that he had a generous spirit and that many of the stories with other people's bylines on them were mostly ghostwritten by Lovecraft, although he had been hired as an editor and never asked for a writing credit.
If I were working with Lovecraft, I would insist that he accept a writing credit for his efforts.
This is why I would like H.P. Lovecraft to be my beta writing partner.
My other choices would be Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, both of whom have also had strong influences on my writing. In fact, Stephen King's suggestions helped me to become more concise, although I still have a tendency to incorporate too many characters into a given scene. I'm working on it!
~Cie the Ornery Old Lady~
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