Gatecrash: Liberating creativity in the age of boilerplate fiction

I’m reblogging the first in a series being posted by Kevin Brennan that in total will give readers a longform essay he’s written on “the state of fiction these days.” I had the great fortune and honour to read this essay in its early days, so I don’t hesitate now to reblog the first installment here and recommend to my readers that, if you are interested you should subscribe to Kevin’s blog and read the rest of this very thought-provoking essay. Thanks for writing “Gatecrash”, Kevin! I look forward to rereading the rest in this series.



Last March I developed a long essay on the state of fiction these days, as I see it — particularly the fiction we associate with the indie market. It’s probably thought of mainly as genre fiction, though there’s a mixed bag of material out there, available predominantly as ebooks from It struck me — still strikes me, in fact — that the tools offered by online publishing present an enormous opportunity that’s not being taken advantage of by writers, artistic freedom being the biggest elephant in the room.

I had planned on publishing the essay as a standalone ebook, but over the course of the year I realized that hawking my novels is hard enough. I’ve decided instead to post it in eleven parts here on the blog, offering it at the end as a free pdf download. Each part will run about a thousand words so it’s easily…

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3 responses

  1. Appreciate it, Susan! Traffic is booming, so I hope this will inspire a lot of discussion…

    1. Woohoo! That’s what I like to hear!

  2. thank you for the re-blog… it is interesting, indeed! :-)claudine

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