Sunday, June 3, 2012
Learning From The Past: Earning the Right To Give Advice
I make a lot of novice mistakes in my previous blog which I am going to correct. The biggest one that I made was giving writing advice prematurely. I want to make it clear that I am an excellent writer and am proud of what I have accomplished so far. However, there is one thing that I must do before I give advice to others: I need to get a book published. Having a B.A. in English Literature and publishing short stories are all admirable achievements. That being said, I know that I will only be taken seriously on the web when I have a book that people are paying to read. I consider it the equivalent of getting a black belt in karate. Sure, you can give pointers when you're at a lower rank and certainly win a lot of fights. However, you won't have the discipline and maturity to truly teach others until you are a black belt. Master Clark made me wait a couple of extra years before he would test me for that rank. Even though I could beat most of the other students at American Karate Academy, I lacked discipline. I skipped classes frequently, to the point where I was chided by a fellow student named Laura for it when I saw her at the grocery store. In a not-so-subtle way, she told me that, while I was really good, I needed to attend class more. That was a big wakeup call, especially since she was one of the better black belts in the school. Why should I get promoted if I couldn't even be bothered to show up? I wised up and started coming more frequently. Sure enough, Master Clark tested me within a few months when I showed that I had learned my lesson. Likewise, to teach others about writing, I can't just coast on natural talent and skill. I need to prove that I have the focus, maturity, and discipline to teach others. In karate, that involved getting my black belt. In the writing world, that translates into getting a book published.
Posted by Michael at 1:01 AM