Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Help is not always helpful
The lady had the best intentions. She just wasn't what I needed in a coach. The signs were there, but I was determined to become a better writer so I continued on my course with her. One day, I woke up and realized that I wasn't getting anywhere on the road I was taking. I thanked her and took a left at the next stop sign.
Have I made progress since? Yes. I may only have one short story published, but I enjoy writing what I write.
You may be wondering what the signs were that I missed.
The largest sign, bright red, was that she did not want me to write anything that she found offensive. I'm a horror writer, yet here I went down a narrow road, in hopes to learn to write.
Another sign was she felt that genre writing was not real writing. Yet, I continued on.
So here I was a horror writer, a genre writer, attempting to write literary work, which I've never read and to be honest did not care to write at all. Yet, I continued on.
Did I learn anything? I believe I came away with a little knowledge. At the end, I knew more about using description to set the scene. But, most of all, I learned if you don't enjoy writing what you write, then there's not much point in it.
My point is for you to be cautious of the help you accept and follow. Not all help is good help. And believe me bad help is not better than any help at all.