Authors and readers alike often have this idea that editors want to completely change a story. The famous partnership between Raymond Carver and Gordon Lish is one of the most controversal incidents of editorial involvement. But is heavy editorial involvement necessary? More importantly, is it right?
The distinctive feature of literary writing is that it’s always character-driven. This means that character development, response, and experience are the primary aspects of the story. It’s important for writers to master this distinction because it sets commercial fiction apart from literary fiction.
Genre fiction is usually not considered a literary form. Scholars like to say genre offers nothing but cheap entertainment. According to them, it doesn’t speak deeply to readers the same way literary fiction does. But I’m here to prove them wrong. Bring on the debate!