Negativity in Creative Writing

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I’ve been thinking today about the nature of the creative writing “business” and how much well meaning advice I hear online about how difficult and problematic it is to write and then get published, particularly from those who are gatekeepers such as agents and publishers.

Through this the process of writing is imbued with the mystical quality of alchemy, that can only be achieved by a select few deemed worthy.

Perhaps I am naive but is writing not simply an interaction between a writer and a reader? A writer’s task is to tell a good story and there are as many approaches to achieving this as there are stars in the sky.

The negative energy that surrounds this well meaning advice can be overwhelming.

Surely there is another way than this?

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