What do you want to become?
What did you do today to step closer to that goal?
Whatever you do, be your best at it!
And remember to have yourself a great and wonderfully glorious day!
Evil men go out of their way to try to drive a person to suicide.
Are you an evil man?
Are you sure you're not?
How many people have YOUR hate filled words killed?
Next time you go to do a mean thing to a fellow human, stop and really think about the consequences of your actions.
Did you ever notice how every one has a story to tell about me, yet not one of them ever speaks the truth?
What lies has YOUR gossiping tongue spread about me?
Did you know...
October 16, 2006, bomb blew up my house because of YOUR lies.
August 8, 2013, the house which replaced the one the bomb blew up, was driven over by a backhoe.
November 14, 2013, my 8 month old infant son was murdered because of your lies.
November 14, 2013, I was beaten up, paralized for 5 months, spent 18 weeks relearning to walk, I'm now crippled for the rest of my life, because of YOUR lies.
Are you proud of what you have done?
Enjoy your eternity in Hell. You earned it. You've certainly worked hard for it.
If you have any information about any of these events, please call FBI Agent Andy Drewer at 207-774-9322
A college professor (Dan Clarke who is a multi-published author of Suspense Thriller novels) once said to us in an English/writing class:
I always thought that was the best advice I ever heard any one say.
>The naivety of beginning authors often leads them to believe they can sit down and write a book from beginning to end in one go.
The naivety of beginning authors is why publishing houses close for submissions from December to March every year, in order to avoid the onslaught of NaNoWriMo "novels"... you know, those 50,000 word, unedited, SHORT STORIES, that are barely a 1/3 the length of a novel (120,000 words being the definition of a novel).
The naivety of beginning authors shows through every NaNoWriMo, when they can't even be bothered to READ what NaNoWriMo says 50,000 words is...according to NaNoWriMo themselves the goal of National Novel Writing Month is...
to write 50,000 words OF the first draft of a novel
Not a 50,000 word novel, no, 50k words OF a first draft. That little tiny 2 letter word gets overlooked by practically every participant of NaNoWriMo every single year. They also recommend writing another 50k OF your draft in December and a 3rd 50k OF it in January, then editing your 150,000 TOTAL words in March.
NaNoWriMo doesn't actually say that 50,000 words = a novel, they simply challenge people to write 50,000 OF a novel in 30 days. Rather big difference, and yet, tens of thousands of NaNo writers proudly proclaim they have written a novel after just 50k words.
Then without editing it, they send that 50k SHORT STORY off to novel publishers and, come March, the NaNoWriMo forums are flooded with tens of thousands of NaNo Writers boo-hooing about how some publisher or editor laughed them out of the water for their not know 50k was a short story and nothing under 120k is a novel. They yell and complain that NaNoWriMo deceived them, when in fact, NaNoWriMo did say to aim at 150k and to write 50k each of 3 sets of 30 days in a row and did say that you were writing 50k words OF your novel, not your entire novel.
The naivety of beginning authors, in most cases is not naivety, but rather laziness, not doing basic research, not being bothered to read directions/instructions/etc, and in many cases out right arrogance. Arrogance as in, thinking "I don't need to read the rules." or "I don't need to read the publishing houses submission guidelines that clearly states they will not look at anything under 120k words."
I'm not sure naivety is the right word, seeing how common sense tells you to read rules and follow instructions, do research to know what you are supposed to do before you attempt doing a thing. That's just basic need to know information that is being ignored. Naivety implies innocence, but, ignoring common sense implies laziness. Thus I end up finding it very difficult to see someone who writes a 50,000 word short story first draft and thinking it is either a novel or publishable, to be not naivety, but rather someone who was too lazy to do any basic research.
I mean, I could understand a little kid or teenager not knowing. But in most cases it's not kids, but rather adults who should have enough knowledge of the world to know that when starting a career, you look into that career to find out how to do it properly and professional, and writing novels is a career after all.
Writing stories is a hobby, and requires no editing, no worrying about grammar. Because no ones gonna read it. It's not a career. The ONLY time editing matters, is if writing is a career. If writing is not your career, if writing is not paying your bills and putting food on the table... no one cares if the story is edited or not. I know that may sound harsh, but it's true - NO ONE CARES, because there ain't no one ever gonna read it any ways, so why bother to worry about it at all?
You really do have to go into writing with that mind set, other wise you will drive yourself batty worrying about editing.
Just write. Don't do anything else. Just write. Don't worry about the grammar or the spelling or if the prose is good or not. None of that matters at this stage of the process.
In case you are wondering, this was a writing exercise we had in college. We had to "kill the inner editor" by writing a story about an author, tormented by an inner editor that was refusing to let them write the first draft of their novel, because he kept forcing them to stop and edit every few lines. I know it may sound silly, but try it... it actually works.
The thing of it is this: every second you spend worrying about how shitty your draft is, is another second you wasted that could have been a second spent writing. So, just tell yourself: "Stop wasting my damned time, I have a novel to write" and get back to writing.