....and say that this writing journey is going to be tough. I recently read a blog post (forgive me for not remembering where, if you see this and it was you, please let me know so I can credit you!) in which the writer of the blog was asked to talk to someone about writing a book. Basically, the person who called didn't really want help exactly, what she wanted was a free pass to agents, publishers etc.
I have never been the type to want a free pass - I like to work my ass off to achieve. However, I did understand the feelings of the person seeking advice, only to completely dismiss it because, obviously, she knew better. In the past, I have felt like I didn't need advice from others. Mistakes were passed off as being "my style," but really, they were just mistakes. Granted, most of these dismissals happened in my youth, and I am only just now getting back to fiction writing. But I was definitely guilty of biting (off!) the hand that was trying to feed me.
I read a reasonable amount of fiction, and I have been scavenging through writing blogs like a crazy person for the last few days. What I have come to realize (or realized ages ago but didn't want to admit) is that I was just too lazy to learn before. I thought my "talent" would be enough to get me through, but in reality, there is still so much more I need to know.
So, this is me being honest, and saying that part of my writing journey is going to involve learning, and hopefully sharing any useful bits of advice or self-learned lessons along the way. I suppose this is lesson number one. Never be afraid to be honest, and don't ignore the advice of people who want to help simply because you are too proud.