I have only heard it once but have seen it typed a few times on posts throughout the years. As an author. Such a quiet little phrase, such a turn of words that would in the end try to put you in a position where you can disperse your advice, critique, or even condemnation of a topic, You see this as well when someone trying to sound a bit more powerful states as an editor, or as an avid reader as if that phrase alone would put them in a position to tell you what to read or if something is actually good without providing any support for their position.
With that in mind I have always though “Fuck you” when someone ever used or typed the phrase “As a ======” fill in the blank. But you may be thinking well what does this have to do with your post or with your work. Well I will tell you. This has to do with the fact that many new writers as myself end up slowly conforming or even giving up the craft of writing to try and satisfy those that would tell us what to do or what to write.
I like to find my own path, I have said this. I am a new breed of author and hope that others will follow in my steps. No I may not make a million or even hit Times Best seller. But my work will be true, my work will satisfy those that want a fresh new style. Moreover, those that read my work will find that the literal style that I use is reminiscent of the classics. Now you may be thinking well you are just going into a different cookie cutter not the same as the current but still a cookie cutter
That is where you would find it hard pressed to prove as my style breaks most of the conventions where even the so called avid readers tend to walk away. Now should you look at my reviews you would see that the most negative comment that I have is that it is a very well written, very literal book.
So we get to what I am trying very poorly to say. Be your own writer and while grammar editors are great and continuity editors are awesome and some reviewers are amazing, do not under any circumstances change your story to fit what they recommend. Yes fix the continuity, yes fix the grammar but don’t change your story to fit what others may think is best. You may not sell many books but your readers, your fan base will love you for it and readers that like solid writers who are not all over the place will love you for it.
By Jin Okubo