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Stop Writing, Fool [Kindle Edition]

Arthur A. Perkins
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    It's 30 years since I caught the writing virus. I recovered after almost 10 years of obsessive writing. I would get up early and scribble a page before going to work. Later, I would stretch out upon the settee, my Amstrad keyboard attached to a block of wood, and tap the evening away with one eye on the television.

    During those few years I came across a few near-celebrities, actors and literati Not that I met too many of them. No, they preferred to communicate by letter, telephone and even telegram on one occasion.

    This short memoir describes the highs and lows of my experience. Ah, I could have been a contender. In the end, I succumbed to the multi-rejection and retired hurt.

    Now, I am offering my story for the benefit of those who aspire to be an author. Take my advice, fools, it's ten times harder nowadays. Stop trying!

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 166 KB
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004R1PZWQ
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #735,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    I am older than Father William. I lay claim to being the oldest man on this site. Any challenger needs to have been ambulatory when World War 2 began. I will supply a photo when the plaster dries.

    I prefer to label my genre as satire rather than comedy or humour. I make no literary plans. I set the story off and it takes me where it wishes. The short memoir (Stop Writing, Fool) describes my history of rejection. Read it and weep.

    My latest novel (The Struggle for Male Equality) has recently been published by Ecanus Publishing in e-book format. It's a wonderful thing when a stranger enjoys your work enough to publish it.


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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining 1 Jun 2011
    By Maria
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Certainly one for those who think they are going to write the great novel. It tells of the hopes raised & frequently dashed, the sheer frustration & that the main reason for carrying on writing is the need to . Very funny at times & the author does not take himself too seriously- a wise move in the writing world,as it is all based on his personal experience.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for all writers! 5 May 2011
    By beegirl
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is a dark, yet humourous, take on writing. It made me laugh, cringe and remember my own difficult experiences in attempting to be published. I've never been even close to the 'near misses' that this author has had in his journey of writing, but I could relate to every painful step (and mis-step) in his story. If your a writer, and you want to laugh while you cry about the painful life we've chosen...this is a must read!

    I must add, it was a relief to see that this writer couldn't stop writing! I immediately bought another book by this author!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing 15 Mar 2012
    By Pat
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A funny account of an author's attempts at getting his work published. It was amusing in lots of places, though there was a bit of rambling too. I would imagine it would be of interest to other authors and would-be authors who would surely find reflections of their own experiences in there
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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Writing, Fool 4 May 2011
    By beegirl - Published on Amazon.com
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    This is a dark, yet humourous, take on writing. It made me laugh, cringe and remember my own difficult experiences in attempting to be published. I've never been even close to the 'near misses' that this author has had in his journey of writing, but I could relate to every painful step (and mis-step) in his story. If your a writer, and you want to laugh while you cry about the painful life we've chosen...this is a must read!

    I must add, it was a relief to see that this writer couldn't stop writing! I immediately bought another book by this author!
    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Never Give Up 19 May 2011
    By Janette Fuller - Published on Amazon.com
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    Have you ever faced rejection? Do you feel like giving up? Arthur A. Perkins has written "Stop Writing, Fool" to vent his frustrations about his writing career. This is a short story about Mr. Perkin's(known as AA) painful addiction to writing.

    AA has had the writing virus for over 30 years. He got his first rejection letter at the age 22. Twenty years went by without further literary temptation.
    Then, a co-worker encouraged Mr. Perkins to enter a short story competition that was sponsored by a local television station. He sent off a 5000 word story but he never got a reply from the competition, nor was his manuscript returned. This experience led to many literary ups and downs during the next ten years. AA acquired a literary agent and even tried his hand at writing plays, but it seemed like he was destined to failure.

    This story is almost funny...if it were not so sad. At first it appears that this man is completely defeated...prepared to finally give up this addition to writing that has caused him so much pain.
    But wait. AA has not given up...he is not defeated after all. On the last page of this memoir, he states "if you wish to read a low-cost novel by the same writer, the following two full-length novels can be found among the thousands of ebooks in the Kindle store."
    AA no longer has to deal with those dreaded rejection letters from publishers, he has SELF-PUBLISHED his novels and he is on a roll! He will never give up!

    This is a short read that many people will identify with. The book is currently being offered as a FREE Kindle ebook. Read it today....and check-out AA's other books on Amazon.
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Written for writers (and anyone stupid enough to want to be one) 28 May 2011
    By RecAcoustic - Published on Amazon.com
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    All Hail Arthur A.!

    Wonderful short read.

    I work in a different field of writing than A.A. but his words are poignant and true.

    The biggest irony to me about writers, really all artists, is that to be successful one generally has to have a serious obsessive/compulsive disorder for his or her art. Said disorder can lead to great productivity, but it can also lead to great heartache, depression and incredible loss.

    The scariest and saddest takeaway for me from A.A.'s tiny tome is that so much of people's 'success' in life is due to timing. As he vividly states, many of the people within his orbit became incredibly successful AFTER he had already parted ways with them.

    "Oh fortuna, why hast thou forsaken me!"

    Out of all this there is still one truth: If you don't try you guarantee failure.

    So, what the hell...go drink a pint and give it a shot!

    Just watch the pints you drink along the way....
    5.0 out of 5 stars You kids today are all SOFT! 26 July 2014
    By Whistlers Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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    If you think writing's a tough way to make a buck now, you should have tried it back in the Dark Ages. This author was trying to become the next literary Wunderkind back when writing meant rolling paper into a typewriter and pounding away until your fingers fell off and the carbon paper (look it up!) disintegrated from the sweat pouring off of your forehead. No PC, no cell phone, no spellcheck, no desk-top publishing. Just one man with a typewriter and a burning need to put words on paper.

    This is a short, very funny account of this author's early years and his frustrations and near misses. Now that he has reached an honored old age and publishing has advanced light years, he can entertain us without fear of wasting even a twig. Let's hear it for A.A. Perkins and epubishing!
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wannabe Writers Beware - Stop Writing, Fool is Likely to Convince You of the Futile Life of a Writer 2 Aug 2014
    By C. William Anderson @theseinspire - Published on Amazon.com
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    Despite some formatting problems, this is an easy-to-read booklet that will humor many wannabe writers.

    I think Amazon's estimated page count is wrong. I felt like a page count of 28 would be closer to the actual.

    The first half was probably the funniest for me. The last few pages probably would convince me to quit writing if I had any sanity remaining.

    So, if you're not dedicated to writing no matter what, Stop Writing, Fool is likely to dissuade you from your avocation. Otherwise, you're likely to find this a funny read on your way to work.
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