TerryRodgers wrote:gesler0811 wrote: Will being nice to people and having a positive attitude get me further in the writing world? Of course not, but I do know that my attitude is the reason why I am where I am today.
TerryRodgers wrote:gesler0811 wrote:I actually thought the story itself was pretty decent, at least the first dozen or so posts. I was surprised when he suddenly made the page private, which seemed to defeat the whole purpose of all the promotion in the first place.
The reason this format will never take off should be pretty clear - you can't get into a story with such short posts, as a reader I want immersion, which is why I deliberately waited a week or more and read several posts at once, defeating the purpose of what he was trying to do in the first place. And I can't imagine reading a dozen or more "blovels" at once, I think it would be impossible to keep all the storylines and characters straight.
Anyway, it was a good try, maybe he can revamp the story later as a more traditional type of work.
I agree his writing was pretty good, and I told him that. What turned me off was his attitude. I don't get into the whole Hollywood gossip thing or sports stars because I don't care for the attitude of some of them. There's nothing wrong with being humble or maybe that was how I was raised. He could be the greatest writer that ever put pen to paper, but his attitude will prevent him from being a success. Or maybe not. Some people like that. Some people like controversy. Maybe that makes me short-sighted although I remember telling him the story just wasn't for me. I'm sure there are plenty of authors I have read that are the same way, but since I don't know that they are . . .
True story. About thirteen years ago (old job before current one) the CEO told me I would never become upper management because I was too nice to people and that I needed to stretch the truth from time to time for the betterment of the company. A year later, after I presented the latest business proposal for increasing revenue for my department (IT), they let me go. They then took my proposal and increased revenue by 1000% and hired thirty additional people. Everything that I had asked for in the proposal they did. They even took the 150 page security policy I wrote, slapped another name on it and passed an industry standard rating for hardened data centers. All because I was too nice. Ten years later, I'm the Chief Technology Officer for an insurance company and guess what; I think I'm still a nice guy. Will being nice to people and having a positive attitude get me further in the writing world? Of course not, but I do know that my attitude is the reason why I am where I am today.
Although I do not know if the blovel would have taken off if he had a better attitude, I do know that I may have read more of it. I always return kindness with kindness.
pls wrote:How 'bout one more day of flogging this topic, and then I'll lock it so we can move on?
TerryRodgers wrote:pls wrote:How 'bout one more day of flogging this topic, and then I'll lock it so we can move on?
I agree and thank you for letting us blow off a little steam at the expense of someone else.