Gyrfalcon: The next question all authors need to ask: Do they want to be rich or remembered?
Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: mephox: To be fair, he's right.It's true. Really, until you've seen the slushpile of what is submitted to publishers, you can't believe it. 140 page long books that are a single run-on sentence. Books that are written in all caps. Hundreds of pages of racist screeds and books that people will swear up and down were written through them by Jesus or God or King Arthur.
Boojum2k: I've read a lot of the classics and enjoyed them, and tried some modern high-brow literature and most of it is self-indulgent writer wankery, which apparently Matthew Yglesias enjoys. More power to him.
Kriggerel: To play Devil's Advocate...Posting fiction and poetry on places like DeviantArt is guaranteed to take a great deal of the wind out of any wannabe writer's sails.Especially when you find out that in the culture of instant-gratification, no one gives two runny sheeyits about writing, when there's visual art to look at, and music to listen to. Trying to be a writer can set you up for the saddest and loneliest experiences of your life. :P
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