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May 2nd, 2005
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Attention and Motivation

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From:loupnoir
Date:May 28th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Just thought I'd let you know that your book is helping me get my editing done.

After suffering through one of my ego let-downs wherein that obnoxious inner critic made me wonder who would want to read my manuscript, I opened up your book and took a look at the rewriting secion. To paraphrase, since the book is in another room: the only person who has to want to read your book is you.

That got me over the hump and made me read my first three chapters. They aren't bad. Yeah, there's some editing that should be done, but I liked them and would have kept reading them.

Good advice.
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From:stevekelner
Date:May 28th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)

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Thanks! I try. (You quoted pretty accurately, incidentally.) It may sound weird that you are your own audience, but if you are the kind of person who is your own strictest audience--what better test? I once outlined an entire fantasy novel while in high school, and when telling the story to my (then) girlfriend, suddenly stopped and said "wait--this sucks!" Her reaction was "No! Keep telling me the story! I want to know how it ends!" Perhaps I was too strict--she's become an award-winning poet since--but I abandoned that story right after finishing my precis of it to her.

Keep going! Your comment encouraged me to post after two weeks of exhausting travel...
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