What you kneed to know:
One of the ways to learn answers to your questions is to read the back
issues of this group, available as product of a goooogle grooooups search.
don't know what your questions should be. One of the ways to learn what your questions
should be is to read the back issues yattata yattata yattata.
pissy little whimperers in one week do not a happy newsgroup make, although it
does please certain marksmen no end. You can tell a pissy little whimperer by
his assumption that graceful and effective use of derision, invective, and profanity
is associated with immmaturity. There, that makes us even, m-wise, as far as immature
goes. Mature folks are not particularly concerned with the concept or constitution
of "mature" as a descriptor or component of behavior, attitude, appearance, or
social intercourse; cigars, wines, nymphets, writings, maybe.
it is cute to be a wannabe novelist, and even cuter that you think anyone other
than Mommy and your really good wank-partner Liam is likely to encourage you on
the basis of a stray lump of prose-like wordery that obviously escaped you unnoticed
only to fall out of your pantleg and into your awareness.
I say none of
this to discourage you (or any other pissy little whimperers who may chance by)
from wanting to become a writer or novelist, from striving toward those ends,
or from regarding what you do as worthwhile and commendable. It is without question
worthwhile and commendable. Think of that classic Gaussian Curve: someone has
to occupy the 90 percent not allotted to Dedicated Declaimers, Well-known Writers,
Successful Scribes, and Charming Charlatans.
Think of this, also: Being
A Writer is different from Becoming A Writer; Writing A Novel is different from
Being A Novelist; Being There is different from The Party.
of the marks of immaturity in a psycho-social sense is a lack of appreciation
for the role of investment. I do not speak of monetary investment, of which I
have little and little knowledge. Think of investing time, work, dedication, study,
punctuality and punctiliousness, intelligence, and discernment. Believe that the
tale of Aladdin is an expression of the immature hope for transformation of wishes
into realities without the necessary-in-the-real-world drudgery of showing up
on time every day and doing what you have to do whether or not you feel like it.
There is a point at which one can declare, "I have written a Novel." There
is a point at which one can demonstrate, "I am a Writer." One does not arrive
at those places by rubbing one's lamp or wick (unless you are Philip Roth, and
you aren't). One progresses toward these admirable ends-that-never-end by passing
through sufficient time. While one is making the passage, one must apply significant
resources to critical matters of inspiration, organization, logical assembly,
mechanical assembly, strategy, tactics, salesmanship, marketing, public relations,
and monetary investment. All the while maintaining a semblance of sanity and productivity
in a hostile, dangerous, predatory world.
The length of time is very short
for some, but I submit that the amount of intellectual and moral energy invested,
if leveled over the population, will be seen as approximately equal for all genuine
My seem generator tells me persons who plop a dab of some
barely-identifiable substance into a newsgroup and request an evaluation are hoping
to hear The Natural Incantation:
"Hey, I am an expert at discovering
natural talent, and boy does it shine out from your (story idea, excruciatingly
simple but penetrating prose, language sense, musicality of thought patterns,
et cetera). Don't worry about a thing, kid, you're bound to be a success.
Don't discard even one scrap of your work: someday it will adorn the walls of
sophisticated domiciles, if you get what I mean."
Well, OK, kid, here
You are a Natural. Success and acclaim will be heaped upon your
work and your self. History will pivot on your publication dates; however, the
way Fate operates is like this: if you work diligently and hard, study intelligently,
deny yourself the luxury of self-deception; give and receive with true charity;
acknowledge debts and satisfy creditors; find a way to live that does not deprive
or endanger others and allows you be an enhancement rather than an aggravant and
stay as sweet as you are, there is a very, very small chance you will be prepared
if fortune offers you her crutch.
Fate does not smile on lazy, thoughtless,
self-involved wannabes, even though they might be "Natural" as Nature
her own self.
In closing, let me remind you: as in automobile driving
and love-making, there is no good reason not to perform with precision at every