RESPONSES TO LAST NIGHT’S POST
As I expected, my short little topic of the night last night made some people very angry. I’ll talk about it below.
Made it to the WMG offices around 1:30 p.m., grabbed some banking things that needed to be done, then headed out to the banks and then a meeting.
Got back to WMG around 4:30 p.m. after running another errand. I did some work around there for a time before heading out to the grocery store, home to take a nap, then dinner. Got in here to work on mail around 8:30 p.m. and then ended up doing some other stuff.
Finally back in here around 1 a.m. and didn’t move to the writing computer until around 2 a.m. Again, still not getting the book back in my head, so cycled back again and got almost no new words done, which is fine. This restart is damn painful on this one for some reason, but I’ll get it in the next day or so.
Fun to see a long-time professional struggling, huh? (grin)
(And this will be short lights flickering as yet another storm powers ashore.)
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Topic of the Night: Responses
Got some great comments, both on the post and in e-mail to the Perspective post last night. And as expected, got some people disagreeing with me (which I let through in the comments I have no problem with people disagreeing with me in reasonable and thought-through fashion I actually like that.) And then there was a couple people really angry. One in a comment I did not let through and another by e-mail that I did not respond to.
All expected. And didn’t upset me in the slightest, but telling someone it will take years to build a career can really hit people’s dreams hard. I do understand that. And if the belief you are a special snowflake and can learn an international career in a year and make a living and that keeps you writing, more power to you.
I have no problem with delusions being a motivating force in writing. I have used delusions to power my writing off and on for decades. Starting my own monthly magazine was a delusion of immense scale, you have to admit. (grin now working on Issues 26 and 27.)
Tonight I was about to head in here and Kris had flipped to a recorded American Idol. I don’t watch the show even though the three judges will often say things worth listening to. They are teaching beginners. Doesn’t interest me like the Voice does.
But the show was focused at that moment on a large auditorium full of people all waiting to get their turn at preliminary judges. I asked Kris why all those thousands and thousands of people thought they were good enough to be professional singers.
Kris said simply, “Why does every person who can type think they can be a professional fiction writer?”
Yup. And the two angry letters I got were from people who could type, but had no sense of what it actually takes to learn how to be a professional fiction writer. And by me saying that this is a profession and it takes time, I made them angry.
I honestly hope the two angry letter writers prove me wrong and then hang around for a decade or two to show me how wrong I really am. That would be cool, honestly.
Might want to read the comments from yesterday. One person had a reasoned myth argument that the reason people are quitting is that they are the smart ones and can see that there is too much fiction for readers to find anything anymore, so there is no point.
That is a myth now circulating that allows writers to have an excuse to not try too hard. That assumption comes from the idea that all books published are completely equal and that readers are too stupid to figure out what they like and don’t like.
Of course, not all books are equal and readers are far, far from stupid in general. But it’s a nice excuse for writers to quit because it’s too hard now with so many books. (Say “it’s too hard” with a long whine to get the real way writers say it.)
So interesting. Thanks for the responses, both agreeing, disagreeing, and angry. All of them were fun.
The Writing of Dead Hand: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery
Day 1…. 700 words. Total words so far… 700 words.
Day 2…. 1,200 words. Total words so far… 1,900 words.
Day 3…. 1,000 words. Total words so far… 2,900 words.
Day 4…. 1,100 words. Total words so far… 4,000 words.
Day 5…. 1,400 words. Total words so far… 5,400 words.
Day 6…. 2,450 words. Total words so far… 7,850 words.
Day 7…. 3,300 words. Total words so far… 11,150 words.
Day 8…. 1,200 words. Total words so far… 12,350 words.
Day 9…. 1,150 words. Total words so far… 13,500 words.
Day 10.. 2,300 words. Total words so far… 15,800 words.
Day 11.. 3,200 words. Total words so far… 19,000 words.
Day 12.. 2,100 words. Total words so far… 21,100 words.
Day 13.. 1,050 words. Total words so far… 22,150 words.
Day 14.. 2,300 words. Total words so far… 24,450 words.
Day 15.. 1,500 words. Total words so far… 25,950 words.
Day 16.. 3,200 words. Total words so far… 29,150 words.
Day 17.. 1,100 words. Total words so far… 30,250 words.
Day 18.. 2,150 words. Total words so far… 32,400 words.
Day 19.. 1,700 words. Total words so far… 34,100 words.
Day 20.. 1,100 words. Total words so far… 35,200 words.
Day 21.. 1,050 words. Total words so far 36,250 words.
Totals For Year 3, Month 6, Day 25
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 858
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 12,250 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 1,200 words
— Blog Posts: 700 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 13,700 words
— E-mail: 11 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 518 e-mails. Approx. 22,500 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 3 Covers
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