I just watched an interview with Tori Spelling on the Today Show on NBC this morning.
You may not.
Seriously, she is one of those "pseudo"stars. You know the ones. Actresses or actors that had 15 seconds of fame from a popular TV show or movie, but because they happen to have famous parents or they happen to be savvy business people, they stretch those 15 seconds into hours and hours of semi-fame. They may appear on a reality TV show that sweats off their pounds or dances their booty off. They may "write" a book about their experiences. Either way, their star power is a bit diminished and on the blink.
I watch them more out of curiosity rather than for their true star power.
But today Tori Spelling stepped over the line.
She wrote a children's book.
I know. I know. Writing a children's book is not a crime, per se. Tori's crime was her explanation about why she wrote the book.
She responded to Meredith Viera's question, (and this is not a direct quote but what I remember from the interview,) "Well, Meredith, I read to my kids every night. So, I felt that I knew children's books, what worked and what didn't, so I just wrote one."
So, in Tori logic, because I have read good books and bad books, I can now be a successful author and writer. Would that logic work for anyone? If I go to an art museum and I observe the art and appreciate the good and the bad, can I then go home and paint a masterpiece? If I watch Dancing With the Stars each week and I appreciate the good dancers as opposed to the bad dancers, can I then presume to become a dancing queen?
The answer, dear Tori, is no.
The answer is no, because writing (and painting and dancing and sculpting . . .) is an art.
Good writing is filled with passion and drive.
It is filled with the author's feelings and thoughts and desires.
It pulls the reader into and inside a new world.
It forces the reader to feel something . . .anything.
Good writing can not just be observed and then imitated.
So, Tori, your flippant words about how you nonchalantly just wrote a children's book, angered me.
It angered me, because I do have a passion for writing. It consumes me, truthfully. I write because I feel like I have to write. I have to express myself. I have to get it out.
I do not purport to be an authority on good writing, nor do I think that I am the best writer on the planet, but . . . I am practicing and working at my craft each and every day.
And with every word that I type, with every phrase that I create, I am living my passion.
I am becoming a writer.
I am becoming a writer . . . in spite of published authors like you, Tori.