So much this. From one of my favorite bloggers:
I realize, as I put this down, that my message is really for young women who want to write. I remember when I was just like you. And as surely as Naipaul etc. piss you off, I used to get sick reading The New Republic. Put it out of your mind. Write, write, write and write. And then write so more. Don’t get mad. Go kick his ass.
ETA: Also, this — different, but related: Top Ten Clichés About Romance Novels (and Romance Readers) I Never Want to Hear Again at AAR’s blog.