BUZZ BERNARD IS A TERRIBLE WRITER

The first time I received a negative review of one of my novels I felt as if I’d been gut-punched.

I tiny wave of nausea surged through me.  That was over six years and five novels ago.  Since then, I’ve learned to roll with the punches.  Thumbs-down evaluations of my works, I’ve come to understand, are part of the business.  As the cliché goes, they come with the territory.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, YOU DIDN’T LIKE “GONE GIRL”?

41Oq8LVj-mL._SX271_BO1,204,203,200_It wasn’t that I didn’t like GONE GIRL.  It was that GONE GIRL just never got going for me.  I plowed through about 40 or 50 pages of the novel and raised the white flag.  Not because the writing wasn’t good, quite the opposite.  It was exquisite.  Gillian Flynn can write circles around me and most other authors.

The problem was, I didn’t know what the story was.  No conflict or drama emerged, at least in those early pages.  A friend of mine who read the book (all the way through) said, “You should have stuck with it.”  After seeing the movie, I knew he was right.  But I got tired of taxiing down a runway in an airplane that never took off.