Robert (gurdonark) wrote,
Robert
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The Writing Prompt Game

I notice that I have a lot of writers on my weblog reading list, some of whom have professionally published, and some of whom have not. I notice, also, a recurrent theme that a number of those who do not publish professionally wish that they could get their works into magazines, books or little literary journals, but never actually submit their more-than-winning work.

One of my journal "themes", if themes is the right word, is that any form of publishing, including self-publishing in a weblog, can be a "good" kind of publishing for the right person. I do not hold large corporate publishing houses or small-as-a-shoestring literary reviews (and particularly not academic short story and poetry journals, which often are filled with nepotic instincts and grandiose misplaced snobberies, but which I love anyway) in any particular regard. I trust my own aesthetic more than many other aesthetics. I am free to be bad at my discretion. Nonetheless, I have published a bit of creative material and a bit of legal material from time to time, and it is absolutely fun to be published by someone other than oneself.

I find that lots of the best writers just need a little prompting. I am a good prompt. I hereby volunteer my services to be that prompt.

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