"Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it.
Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window."
Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress.
Yeah, I guess it is much harder to sell a piece of literature than an image in some media. I am not putting visual art down, heaven forfend. But I do want to talk about the written word. I do not derive any sense of validity from Faulkner; I have an abiding love for the late drunk.
For the past two thousand five hundred years at a minimum we have been using the written word for most of the world's (This is Eurocentric) earth shaking moments. Socrates trial and Death, Plato's Republic, the tide of Classical texts impacting Italy Dante writing in the Vernacular, Petrarch for reviving intrest in the inner world from another writer Cicero. After the fall of Constantinople (1453), and the works of classical world flooded Italy scolarship flourished because the ideas had been written down. There is a claim that the knowlede of the Greeks/Byzantines/Romans made the difference there were noted western scholars contracted to do translation for the Papacy anyway but my books are in boxes so I cannot properly quote sources. I would be remiss not to add Marsallino Ficino, Giordano Bruno, and Pico della Mirandola to name a few.
One thing I find repeatedly is that the Internet is a piece of crap when it comes to serious research; unless you have $15,000.00 lying around.
I do not think DA is ever going to be a publishing house; however, I do believe it is a great place to practice or could be. From DA one can go forth and publish electronically. I hope all potential writers out there receive good criticism and not just fluff. But even as I hope young writers receive adequate criticism, I rail against restraints and hope to quickly relearn the art or magic of writing.