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I don't disbelieve that I have some talent. It's just that posting to TMF (at least to the boards I frequent) is never going to get me to the goal of writing 1 short story. Just one. That's all I'm asking of myself at the moment. Oh - and I would like to clean up a personal essay I have written twice. It took me a while to figure out that I didn't have a clear idea of what I was trying to convey in the writing which left it weak and not much of a read.

P.


Gonna disagree with you, P. Posting to TMF is useful. Any way of getting used to putting word after word adds. Period.

Take a look at Holg's profile and see what I mean. Also look up cowbuyclown. Two damn fine writers who used TMF to post their material. Why do I call them good writers? Because they both can spin a story about something that turned their crank. And this is just two: I could list most of The Feste Award contenders on that list. Ever read bookgrrl's posts? Damn it, that woman made me cry and I'm an old fart supposedly beyond tears. Ain't so, bunkie.

Let's define writer. Does having a story published mean a person becomes a writer? If so then what media? Is circulation a measure? Does TMF count because it' an electronic media and the only true media is paper?

Right now there's a glorious opportunity to be grabbed here at TMF. There was a huge dustup at The Martini Club that's too long to get into now but what happened is that it was renamed The Apple Martini Club and it's a ripe place to post something in which you can take the space to write. Bogey is the de facto moderator and he's asked for stuff.

Or try Fishing and Boating Fools My post http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19372853 is about a trip I took to a fishing lodge and what I saw in a young girl's eyes. Could it be written better? Yes. Could the grammar be improved? Yes. But I wrote it and posted it because it turned my crank and that's all I cared about.

P. just write and write. Where is not as important now as just doing it. You could think of it this way: apart from meeting Twitty's rules TMF has to accept your stuff.

MichaelR


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