WAS Reading That Book a Waste of My Time?

McKenzie Lynn Tozan
4 min readAug 6, 2021
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I read this article on The Writing Cooperative this morning by Tim Denning, suggesting that most books could have been a blog post (or email, or text, anything shorter) instead.

At first, I was terribly resistant to this idea. Admittedly, I went into the article expecting to have a hate-read/hate-react to it, but I’ve read Denning’s work before and figured there was something to his animated — albeit, wrong (*laugh emoji* *I kid*) — stance.

Being a novelist myself, and someone who has ghostwritten fiction and resource e-books for big clients for a living, I wanted to tackle Denning’s article with this sentimental “novels are precious and should be preserved” vibe. Someone worked hard on that and put something of themselves into those pages, after all. That should be respected.

But as it turns out… Denning really isn’t wrong.

He doesn’t diminish the concept of the full-length book, far from it, and he certainly doesn’t laugh at the work and often art that goes into writing a book.

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McKenzie Lynn Tozan

A Dino Poet, Novelist, Book Reviewer, Double EIC, & Midwestern Girl in Croatia. THE DUPLEX out now! https://beacons.ai/mckenzielynntozanwrites