Voldy wrote:What annoys me is that all of these "aspiring" teen writers write because they want to get published. I see people post about how they're writing a novel, and how they want to publish it ASAP. I don't think young writers take publishing seriously.
First of all, getting something published is extremely, unbelievably difficult. Some statistics say that around 0.03% of all submitted manuscripts actually get published. Rejection is a cold, hard fact in the publishing industry, and is all too common during the writing/publishing process.
Second, even if you are accepted to be published, you have to realize that the manuscript you've written will be mass-printed, and the words you wrote will forever be on paper. If I were to publish some novel when I was like, 13 or something, and I thought it was amazing, by the time I would be 30, I'd look back and be like "Eugh, what was I thinking. x_X" But you can't go back in time, and you'll have to deal with the fact that you published something less than mediocre, something that wasn't your best. You can't really be sure if you want to publish something until you've completely finished writing, editing, re-editing, fixing, changing, having others review, really thinking over, and editing again your manuscript. Publishing is a big step, and one can't just take it lightly.
Third, publishing should not be the goal of writing. Sure, writers like to have their works published. It's gratifying, to walk into a bookstore and see your book on one of the shelves. But you shouldn't sit down and be like "Okay, I'm going to write a novel, and I'm going to have it published." It really disrupts the writing process, because all the while, you're reaching for that intangible goal that may actually never come true. You're writing and writing because you can't wait to get published, because that is what will satisfy you, rather than the actual completion and accomplishment of the work. You're not writing to write, no matter how much you think you are. You're writing to publish, and in turn, garner attention.
I am not in any way trying to discourage anyone from writing. Hell, I love writing msyelf. I have the dream of getting published some day, yeah, but that is not something I hope to do in the near future. I hope you all realize that publishing isn't that easy, and one shouldn't set that as the reason for writing. It should always be an afterthought, after one's written something. If you get published, that's great, but it shouldn't be the reason you write.
BkkprGirl wrote:*however, Lime Yay, I think we should keep names out of this unless we are talking about ourselves. Just telling Griffar "Yeah, your grammar does suck" is a bit of an insult, especially after he just admitted that he needs work on it. It's not all about having great spelling or grammar, either--F. Scott Fitzgerald had such bad spelling that he was nearly incoherent. That says NOTHING about whether someone is aspiring or fantasizing.*
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