There should be an author’s proverb which says: ‘Don’t talk over the heads of the people you are trying to reach’. Too often, we as writers can get enchanted with our own skills. We love the whole idea of language, and so we are constantly trying to find new ways to utilize the words we learn. This is especially true of prisoners, who tend to study the whole dictionary, and then extend unto the outer realms of society’s perch, that which time and circumstance hath helped us to become duly enlightened by. In the dire hopes, that our newly birthed discovery might, in some way, enrich those torn and tattered souls dwelling within the abyss of a humdrum adverse existence, unawares… *record scratch* STOP!
Think of it this way: when you go look for a job, you tend to express yourself a lot different than you would at cousin Bay-Bay’s spot. The same for mingling with a college crowd, as oppose to chopping it with your folks at the club, etc. It’s not that we must ‘dumb-down’ our language, but simply that we don’t want our message/lesson to be lost on the very souls we intend to reach. What good is steak to a man with no teeth? It’s cursing you out in German, while wearing a smile on my face.
Bottom line: I won’t ever impress you, if you can’t even understand what I’ve said, right? It’ almost like standing in a doctor’s office or a courtroom, when, after all is said and shared, you’re still standing there like: ‘HUH? Ok, somebody tell me what just happened’. [he said you’re dying and you gon’ be in jail til you dead.] Lol. Exactly. Don’t get me wrong, I, for one, love kicking that intellectual text book stuff, but I ain’t tryna read it in no urban novel, feel me?
So, what kind of book are you writing?
Are you reaching the audience you intend?
Wesley “Godfather” Hunter
“GODFATHER” Hunter is an incarcerated author from Los Angeles, Ca. He has written several books covering a variety of genres, to include self-help/how-to/advisory, autobiography, poetry, urban romance, erotica and street lit. Godfather has even taught urban lit during his many years of incarceration. He makes an added effort to lace his writings with history, social-political consciousness and other such pearls of wisdom while penning in a style which many have compared to the likes of James Patterson, John Grisham and Michhael Connelly.