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Short Storys, Are they Worth It?

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Posted on 29 Mar 2012, 15:01:27 BST
Caz M says:
Yes, if they help you to spell properly!

Posted on 29 Mar 2012, 19:22:06 BST
I may be being too soft-hearted for my own good here but I feel a bit sorry for Kindling209MB. I get the impression he may well be the author of "Breaking Locks" and was pretty excited about and pleased with his story, and the fact it was published on Amazon. If that is the case, I know that he broke the rules and that he invited the criticism he has received by doing so and by his poor presentation, but I can't help thinking of him slaving over his keyboard on what he imagined was a great piece of work, only to find that his best was far from good enough in the eyes of others. The humiliation seems to have been too much for him, since the story has now disappeared altogether. I can't rid myself of the image of this broken man sitting in his garret with his head in his hands and unable to believe that he has no ability to spell, use grammar and punctation or even tense correctly, and absolutely no writing talent whatsoever. I would expect he has never read a book on the subject, and in that, sadly, he is not unique amongst the multitude of writers who publish here. (I am not being critical of indie writers in general by saying this, some are very good, merely stating the obvious). Nevertheless, I still can't help but sympathise with him over his shattered dream. (Or am I being naive?). At least no one can accuse him of plagiarism. By the way, K209MB, I rather liked the first title.

I also posted this in the other thread on this topic.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012, 21:10:21 BST
Minijax says:
I also felt a bit sorry for him/her, Lindsey. I actually wondered if it was a rather young person, good on the technology, but not so hot on the writing and spelling.

Posted on 29 Mar 2012, 21:39:16 BST
Yeh, I agree. I said I thought he might be a teenager on the other thread.

Posted on 30 Mar 2012, 09:41:27 BST
Sou'Wester says:
I wouldn't want to hurt anyone's feelings just for the heck of it, but just because someone is (apparently) a teenager we do them no favours by wrapping them in cotton wool. Sooner rather than later such an individual will be going into the real world and a bit of constructive criticism at this stage will, one hopes, make them better prepared for that world's harsh realities. Two options may arise from this "baptism of fire": 1) the individual will realise they're not really cut out to be a writer and move on to something else which may prove more fulfilling, or 2) they will realise that much improvement is required and work hard to get their writing up to scratch. Either of these options is preferable to them carrying on with the delusion that their writing is currently good enough for publication.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2012, 09:59:49 BST
Now here's some wisdom. Wanted to say the same, but since my posts all get deleted on that matter, what's the point? It's 100 words or so I could add to my novel, where they would most probably stay and have a bigger impact. :-)

Posted on 30 Mar 2012, 12:42:12 BST
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Posted on 7 Apr 2012, 08:23:56 BST
Garscadden says:
Looks like Borken Lox / Turn of fait is back - I wonder if we'll see the spam again?

Posted on 7 Apr 2012, 11:06:52 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 Apr 2012, 11:07:45 BST
With the next error in the pitch.

I still couldn't fix mine, by the way.
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