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  •  there is also a certain amount of personal (1+ / 0-)
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    mahakali overdrive

    resentment from those who have actually written for publication and know the rigours of the process and the oft brutal input from editors and publishers.

    The resistance comes from the concept that writing a book, fiction or non-fiction is something anyone and their aunt and uncle or boy friend or girl friend can do in 30 days through stream of consciousness creative writing ego massaging classes.

    Its a fun idea until people start actually taking it seriously then it demeans the entire process of actually writing a book.

    It's like your kid telling you, I can do that, it's easy. It's not.

    •  On some level (1+ / 0-)
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      soccergrandmom

      (and this is a totally different thought than the one I was having up), one thing I dislike is as you put it well "creative writing ego massaging classes."

      It makes it so much less sacred (in a broad sense of the word).

      It reminds me of people who do yoga to exercise. A popular thing to do, indeed, and certainly helpful and healthy for an individual. But it's still a religious practice for some and slightly absurd or demeaning.

      Like, can you imagine a communion-wafer-eating-marathon? Or a whirling dervish exercycle? A prayer rug thrust session?

      It seriously can strike me as just like that (both yoga and this stream of consciousness thing: keep both under wraps).

      "Heidegger? But I didn't even know her!"

      by mahakali overdrive on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 02:00:37 PM PDT

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    •  I feel a lot more resentment toward (2+ / 0-)
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      Dan Brown than I ever could toward this.

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