A Genre Writer Accepts himself (via @CatSparx)

Cat Sparks posted a Salon article into my twitter feed recently. It's a nice light-hearted piece about growing as a writer. Will Lavender writes a passionate article about his journey from serious Literary writer, to 'mere' genre writer. It's fascinating, and a little sad, to see how marginalised 'non-literary' writing is by the literary establishment. Will explains,

I flailed, hilariously, to be sure my writing could not be confused with mere entertainment. I went through an experimental phase; I grew the requisite chin beard. I wrote text upside down, scribbled counterpoint in the margins. Every story I wrote contained footnotes. I was like John Gardner's Grendel: forever posturing, transforming the world with words but changing nothing.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2011/07/30/the_thrill_of_maturity/index.html