for writers and readers….
Writing is a strange, cumbersome, artificial process. It takes a lot of work to make your words clear to the reader.
The comic singer Neil Innes used to start his act with this line: ‘I’ve suffered for my art. Now it’s your turn.’ Don’t be like that…Writing should be an act of generosity, a gift from writer to reader. The gift is the work you’ve put in to make your meaning clear and your sentences a pleasure to read.
if your readers are sniggering on the first page, you’re doing something right.
Depends on the book 🙂
hmm ok, if your readers are reacting with emotion [other than disbelieving horror at too many offences against the English tongue] on the first page you are doing something right. I like to engage with humour, even if the general reading matter is more serious, because in real life, no matter how grim, bathos always manages to slip in somehow. And so it should be in fiction.