Monday, August 8, 2011

IF YOU GIVE A WRITER A FISH

No doubt you’ve  heard the saying:
If you give a man a fish he’ll eat for a day.
Well, I say, if you give a writer a fish…
They wouldn’t eat it…                                                                         
They’d want to know about it.
What kind of fish is it?
Where did it come from?
Why is the fish being given to them?
How old is the fish? How did it die?
(or maybe it's been poisoned to look dead)
How many ways are there to cook it?
Yeesh! Do they have to clean it?
And what if it was a shapeshifter fish? A werefish?
Well, you get the idea…
Writers analyze and research every angle of every thing they write about.
In fact some writers are so good at doing research...
They’d find the afore mentioned fish’s mammy and pappy.
But then, after the research, comes the real fun part—creating.
Of course the ending of the quote above is this:
If you teach a man to fish, he can feed himself for the rest of his life.
So, the question begs to be asked:
What happens when you teach a writer the craft of writing?
Does it guarantee publication the rest of his/her career?
Unfortunately, no. Wish it did.
Unfortunately the down and dirty nitty gritty is:
Long hours, editing, submissions, rejections, angst, persistence…
And sometimes a bit of luck is what it takes. And let’s not forget marketing.
So next time you read a book and say, “I could have written this book better”…
I say—go ahead…
Jump into the ever changing currents of writing for publication…
And see if you get hooked.
But if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge…
All you have to do is go to Red Lobster…
I’m sure there’s a cod fillet there…
That has a whopper of a story to tell...
All you have to do is create it.

Always, Em-Musing



5 comments:

Talli Roland said...

Haha! Love this! We must create the fish's back story, of course...

Or go to Red Lobster.

Kelley said...

I like the way you said this :) <3 a newb follower

Tana Adams said...

Perfectly fishy my dear!

Janna Qualman said...

Very cute. And so true! :)

Sarah Nicolas said...

OMG, werefish! I'm so writing that.