Why do all the writers here interrogate themselves so? Surely, we should be interrogating the arbiters? Nathan Bransford? Spoiled brat. Why concern yourselves with his opinion? Or any other agent's opinion? Scared you'll never enjoy lunch in their town? Well, they never invited you in the first place.
If you're serious about writing then give up the day job. Then you'll learn what it is to be a writer. As is, there are too many comments on here from.... dentists, accountants, civil servants, and many other educated knuckleheads, who think they can write. How would you feel, if, in the midst of a life changing medical procedure, your elected surgeon decided to post a query on a message board?
And, before you stammer, 'well writing isn't the same', all I'll say is that a good more many people have been inspired to join a war and die by writers' words than have been saved by surgeons' scalpels.
I work with surgeons and medical practitioners. They are all intelligent people. Some of them are convinced they could write a novel, or a collection of poems -- they have this idea they have a certain sensibility -- when, in fact, they couldn't write a parking ticket on a wet Wednesday night. I know, I translate their writing. I see it, read it, re-write it, day in, day out. And, embarrassingly, it's the same on this site. Why do ordinarily intelligent, educated people fall for this lure of 'being a writer', and, more importantly, make such a fuck-up of it?
Posted: 10/12/2008 01:23:41