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Writers as protagonists

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Rick Wyman, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Rick Wyman

    Rick Wyman New Member

    My own writing career never kindled. But the first chapter of a novel I was writing impressed my writing professor so much that he recommended (in front of the class) I send it to his editor at Viking. The editor sent a nice note saying that, while he found the writing "exciting", writers writing about writers "set [his] teeth on edge." I lost heart (for this and other reasons) and never finished the novel. But these days I think of
    Ben Mears, Jack Torrance, Bill Denbrough, Jim Gardner, Thad Beaumont, Paul Sheldon, Mike Noonan, Mort Rainey - and I just smile.
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  2. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    Howdy Rick, It's never too late to get back on that horse. Screw the opinion of others and ride towards your own vision. All the best, mal.
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  3. TKP

    TKP New Member

    Hey, just wanted to pop by and say that I don't know if you've ever thought about it but maybe it was just that editor's preference and that maybe there could be other editors out there that would like your work/ideas. You never know what could've been and if you have the opportunities you should try 'em. :) Wishing you luck, T.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...HeyT!....you have it write....errrr, right.....he needs to take another swing....the Editor may have some point, but follow your own Muse....
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  5. Tery

    Tery Dreaming in Middletown Moderator

    Keep at it. To heck with ONE editor.
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  6. recitador

    recitador Speed Reader

    that seems like a terrible critique, and a terrible reason to reject something out of hand. i sure hope he had more than not liking writers writing about writers as criticism. how was your story structure, characterization, dialogue, or any one of a dozen other things? considering some of the crap that makes it to publishing, criticizing something based on the subject instead of its merits seems like a failure on his part.
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  7. Grannie CeeCee

    Grannie CeeCee Well-Known Member

    finish it. It's never too late. I'm pushing 60, had a 20 year long block, but I'm back in it. I don't even care at this point what anyone thinks of what I'm doing - good, bad, indifferent - I'm digging it, so that's all that matters right now. I have two friends who never pursued their true passion because some drip somewhere told them no once.

    Just write it.
  8. Tanith

    Tanith Active Member

    As our fellow Gentle Readers say...go for it, and critics be damned. If it gives you joy, do it!
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  9. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    Critics be damned! At least that kind of criticism. You write for you (At least i write for myself because i think its fun) and if its fun or fulfilling for you then you should write. Then go to another editor. They are like snowflakes you know, no two are alike!
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  10. tzinc

    tzinc Member

    Rejections happen for a myriad of reasons many well known books were rejected dozens and dozens of times before being published.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

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  12. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    For me, this is the single most alluring thing about pursuing a writing career post-fifty. It is a career where age is actually an asset, provided one has enduring mental health, and an aging writer has so much to offer. I've been writing since I was seventeen and it's not until now that I see any significant improvement. In many occupations time can be an enemy but for a writer it can be essential for growth. Best of luck with what you're working on!
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  13. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    You either love doing it or you don't. You'll know it when you feel it, once yer gears are properly greased. Whether or not it's published is of no concern, you just gotta love getting behind that steam engine and rolling.

    That's how it feels for me; like the old work table is the engine of a big long train, choogling on into other worlds. It's a narrow room in which I do my deeds, walls on either side lined with bookshelves. Books on them shelves sometimes seem to flicker by like picket fences.

    Uh...as far as writer as protagonist (what I thought we was talkin about inna first place), I always dig it. Love them kinda books. Thems my favorite.
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  14. Mr. Cranky

    Mr. Cranky B.O. Man

    Thad Beaumont should have died a quick death
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  15. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Welcome. Remember Decca told the Beatles guitar bands were out of style.
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