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So, you want to write a novel.

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From a writers' e-Mail list to which I subscribe. Holy shit, but this is funny. I've had more variations of this conversation with people than I really want to admit....




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wookiemonster
Nov. 30th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Wow... Just...wow...

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Though, thanks to you and jimhines and several others, I've at least come a long way from the guy shown here. Though at least I had the "read a book" and "have good spelling and grammar" down when I was in high school. Oh, and I don't think I was ever so...rude...about editors and agents. Actually, I don't think I was ever as bad as this guy...

And on another area... I've run into former English professors that ask me what I'm doing these days (besides working full-time at the Library) and I mention I'm working on my writing. And when they ask what I'm writing, and I say, "Science fiction," they usually resond with something along the lines of, "Oh, it's formulaic - I'm sure it can't be that hard." Which is their way of saying, "Have fun screwing around; you're not working on "real" literature..."
kvaadk
Nov. 30th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
My brother teaches English at a university.
After years of my answering his question by explaining my craft followed by years of stony glares in response to his question, he has stopped asking me when I'm going to get serious with my writing. But I know he still thinks it.
infinitydog
Nov. 30th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
That's brutal. Unfortunately, it left off the part where the dumbfuck gets a six-figure deal just because he made his main character a teen girl vampire with a tramp stamp and an unrequited love for a werewolf/alien/mortal enemy.
daytonward
Dec. 1st, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
I forgot to tell you, I'm giving Reyes a tramp stamp for the next Vanguard book, which will contain a hidden map to the Shedai home world.

You read it here first.
kvaadk
Nov. 30th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Dayton, you know I stole this for my LJ, right?

Great stuff.
Thanks for leaving it around were guys like me could steal it.
daytonward
Dec. 1st, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Happy to be of service. :)
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