Great piece...merci...it carries the spirit, the flight should I say with
the falcon in mind...
Išll save the Gault quote...
On 7/15/09 8:52 PM, "foxbrick" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Blogger and RA guy (iinm) Cullen Gallagher has dug out a WRITER'S DIGEST
> article from the mid 1950s by the brilliant sports-fiction and crime-fiction
> (and so-so sf) writer William Campbell Gault:
> Still, Gault ends on a slightly upbeat note (comparatively speaking). I will
> quote the final four paragraphs of the article in whole as they are not only
> the most encouraging passages of the article, but I think it's the closest
> Gault comes to explaining what kept him going through all the hard years.
> Remember this, if you have written a couple dozen short stories and sold them
> to national markets, the chances are you know as much about the business as
> many of the editors you are trying to sell to. You are going to have to write
> what they want, but always be sure the paths they want you to take are
> reasonable. The chances are they know what is salable and they must be
> listened to. But only you can determine what is distinctly yours and that is
> your road to the ultimate success. Editors come and go constantly and the next
> man may love what the last man despised.
> It's all taste and opinion and one man is different from the next. Mr.
> Faulkner might not appreciate Mr. Spillane, but that is also true in reverse.
> None of this need concern you. Out there, beyond the lighted limits of the
> place you sit and type, somebody is waiting for the kind of thing you write.
> Writing can never be more than communication and should never be less.
> So what do you do? You keep typing.
> And here's Ed Gorman's commentary on the Gault piece:
> Todd Mason
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