I wanted to say that I love your site. Your advice is wonderful.
The only thing that gets frustrating for me is that you have so many dos and don'ts and you are so upset and outraged if a writer slips up, even in the tiniest of ways, that it's almost like you want to create robot writers. And, the thing is, and I say this respectfully, writing is really about passion, feeling and emotion first and foremost... I just hope writers are not scared off by all the stiffness and 'knee jerk' reactions of publishers and agents and so forth.
Yes, there are many rules we must follow, but I hope you'll talk a little about originality and creativity and uniqueness rather than always focusing on all these robot rules... I'd rather not ever publish than become a robot.
But, I must say, you are tops with me... because I know these rules are pretty much part of the game. But, as i say, they're only a game, and they're not really the writing. Because all that really matters IS the writing IN the actual work and not all this other bologny. But, yes, we have to follow it.
Love ya, J-Cakes.
"they're not really the writing"??
What do you think the writing is?
Sitting around, drinking hooch and talking about what a great writer you are?
Passion, feeling and emotion are a glut on the market. Everyone has them. Everyone including Killer Yapp. I can't get you one thin dime for passion. What I can get you SERIOUS money for is well constructed brutally honed solid writing. If you think that compromises your emotions, creativity and originality you're right. Good writing is about making yourself and your ideas understood by someone else. It's entirely original to write nonsense verse. It's also meaningless.
You think a writer just pours words onto paper in a fever of creativity, and originality?
Yea, they do. It's called the first draft. Then comes the writing.
Don't give me one single bit of guff about rules and knee jerk publishing. It's a whole lot harder to do it than feel it.