I’ve been reading a LOT of books on novel writing lately. Especially if they focus on writing your first novel. Many times, I’ve finished the book and been left with this thought: “Why am I even bothering to write? I suck.”
All of these “helpful” volumes insist that, since I’ve never been published, I will never be published – unless I use self-publishing.
My favorite take away: If I want to improve my writing, that means that I need to improve my writing, and since the craft of writing is not something that can be taught (it is, of course, an innate ability given to a select few at birth), I have zero chance of ever improving my writing.
WHAT??? I don’t think that was what Hemingway meant…
It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.
I bought these books to learn, not to be told “I’m going to tell you how to write a good book. But since you bought this book, you don’t have what it takes to write one yourself.” (more…)