When a person wants to be a writer, they start writing. That is the right step. The next step is to enroll in a writing course to learn how to use pronouns and not mess up with dangling modifiers, etc. There are grammar courses, academic writing courses and creative writing courses. All are important.
One may also join a writers’ group. There are some groups online, like Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope. I have made friends with truly sublime writers through that site.
The waters of an online writers’ workshop can quickly become sullied by beginners.Such scavenging trolls, wishing to be professional writers without putting in the experience or hard work, piss in the swimming pool of experience. Who wants to swim there? Longtime professionals realize they may drown if a writing troll gets too close and climbs on their neck.
Why do rank beginners dare to “rate” those whose vocabulary (let us not even go into subtleties of expression) they cannot comprehend? Beats me. That question belongs on the same prison menu as “Why do writers think they never ever need to take a class or hire an editor?” People presume that if they can produce some sort of sound in their throat, or for that matter, punch another person in the face, they must be able to write a book.
Then the book fairy will come to their garage, sweep up all the boxes of printed material, and leave a pile of gold.
Ok fine. I am all for dreams.
But trolls have always scared me.
So let’s shine some light, why don’t we? Those who are serious and experienced enough to know a procedure is necessary to attain fine craftsmanship are requested to give the trolls the brilliance of their shining logic.
For it is said if a troll stands in direct sunlight, he will turn to stone.