Everyone’s aware of what a Sloth is I’m sure. Those cute as a button three-toed critters that take their own sweet time moving about? In fact, so slow they are they draw very little attention to themselves and their fur hosts an ecological system all its own. But…are they sloths? Truly?
You see the sloth I speak of today isn’t an animal that’s developed and adapted to the world around it, its slowness serving a distinct purpose. These animals aren’t lazy, just slow. Whereas, a lot of writers I’ve observed are not only slow, but in fact lazy. Of course their tendencies toward not accomplishing a darn thing can result in the very defense a Sloth needs to survive—drawing little attention to themselves.
I recently read an account of a writer that declared she didn’t write texting scenes because she didn’t know the lingo and opted instead to put her characters on the phone. Now, while it is still common for folks to talk on the phone these days, it’s much more likely they will send a text if the message is short and young people are particularly prone to this habit. In fact, if my children still lived at home and we went out in public to dinner I would most likely ban their phones while at the restaurant as it has become a distracting habit for youth to eat with one hand and bang out a message with the other, ignoring the company they are in and driving others around them crazy with their inconsideration. However, I digress, that’s off the beaten path. Back to the matter at hand.
Being a sloth. A lazy person. Personally, I find the regressing to lesser technology references plain lazy. This is totally disregarding the need for research and I do believe anyone that knows me knows by now how I feel about that. If you can’t research and get the facts straight stop writing. If you can be on Facebook blathering about your lack of sales then by cracky you have time and sufficient internet knowledge to Google text speak and LEARN. This is NOT a lazy man’s game. This is of course just one example of how writers are being sloths.
I see writers out begging the same people for sales day in and day out. They never step outside their social box and wander into waters unknown or get out and promote themselves. Then at the end of the day they wonder why it was that the end of the year numbers were so low. I have a post somewhere on telling to sell that I’ll recycle in the near future about marketing and how important it is. Face it struggling sloth writers. The industry today neither has the time nor resources to do your bidding. If you don’t get out and work your butt off for yourself you won’t get anywhere. This is hard work and anyone that believes otherwise is either blind or a fool…or…a sloth.
Reluctance to do or learn from edits. I am so very tired of seeing writers publicly bash their editors when in fact the writers’ whole issues revolve around the fact that they are just plain too lazy to take the time to learn what they need to know to be successful. Do you think for a minute the editors of the world got where they are, working and being paid to try to fix your messes, by sitting on their laurels and declaring they were above everyone else and knew it all? No. They didn’t. They learned from the ground up, and excuse me for stepping on everyone’s delicate toes, but if they achieved the title of editor, they DO know it all as far as I’m concerned and warrant being listened to. They are not sloths, in fact, the editors I’m friends with in this business are the busiest people I know, and in some cases some of the most disgusted and tired people. If you’re not listening to your editors and learning, put on your sloth shoes. You earned them.
Don’t want to be noticed? Don’t want to make sales? Don’t want gleaming reviews? Be a sloth…I guarantee you’ll get your wish.