The culture of the beginner

Writing fiction is an art, just as is painting portraits or writing poetry. It’s about more than the form others use, its about the individuality that resides in you- about ones unique gift.
Courses, blogs and most opinionated comment are about doing what fashion demands to be the best- that copying is for the robots, both human and machine. That is not where I am and certainly not where I want to go. I can’t and won’t compete against robots of any sort, by emulating Rowling or King ever better. If that means that the critics ignore me, or trash my work, so be it.
Of course, those that are loud noises in the writing chatter come to be resented. They are already better, more successful robots. They have already filled the space on shelves, in culture, on the box and in the magazines. They have already produced enough of follow the dots TYPE 2010s FICTION. The world doesn’t need any more Harry Potter; well actually it does, but from JKR not from me,

Linda Maye Adams

Just about everything that you find on writing pretty much everywhere has a very specific focus: Beginning writer.  Sure, there are a few resources that go beyond beginner, but they’re harder to find.  You have work at it.

And those writers usually get blasted by the beginners because it’s not something easy to learn.  I picked David Gerrold’s Worlds of Wonder from the library and was amazed.  It felt like he was talking to me and not explaining things to a beginner. 

Reviews from writers chastised the book for not doing step-by-step instructions.


I don’t think writing fiction is something where you can get step-by-step instructions.  The creativity part doesn’t work the same way for everyone.  I remember reading The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing where the writer tried step-by-step instructions.  I read them, went “What the heck is a ‘unit of action,’ and was done.  Of course, it…

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