A Novel Idea

Anyone who can be discouraged from writing should be

Posted on: August 5, 2010

This week’s post is an attempt at being ‘cruel to be kind’. I read Ian Irvine’s ‘The Truth about Publishing’ earlier this year and found it brutally honest yet ultimately encouraging.

Make yourself a steaming cup of tea or coffee – then read this:


Harsh as it may sound, I agree with Ian that ‘Anyone who can be discouraged from writing should be’.

What do you think?

Write well. Write often.


(C) Copyright of the author. 2010.

4 Responses to "Anyone who can be discouraged from writing should be"

The funny thing is, most people think they CAN write. Because they write emails and all that blah blah. I attended a writer’s workshop a few month’s back and my god, some of the stories some people had written. I’m no Shakespeare but damn…

Great website link by the way, thank you.

My pleasure šŸ™‚

Yes, there’s nothing like an objective stranger to judge a piece.

Interesting article, but as for his comment you quoted, I think that one has to be wary of the type of discouragement. If one is able to take the negativity of it and turn it into an energy to slug it out, they have every right to remain in the ring. I am sure that many of us have felt the heavy hand of discouragement, but it is what lifts us up to carry on that will ultimately be measure of success.

He made it very clear to that no longer does the Field of Dreams mentality ‘build it and they will come’ work. The easy part is creating, the hard part is actually selling it.

Thanks again for sharing and I wish you continued success with your drafts!

Well said. We’re lucky in this life if we have a partner who supports us and one true friend to lift our spirits…

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  • Violet: Thanks Alannah :) Apologies for not replying sooner: I'm finally catching my breath and the year is almost over!
  • Alannah Murphy: I remember your first post, way back when I had my old Here Be Dragons blog, and I am glad you are still writing. We all find out, sooner or later, ho
  • Violet: Good to hear that Aaron. Good Luck with your work.
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