Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Another Nasty One

Well folks, this blog sure brings them out of the woodwork. Got another anonymous (of course) nasty commenter, one more bile spewer trying to make me feel bad. This one at least has the rudiments of spelling down, but certainly no manners. While posting no accomplishments of their own, they chide me for not having published my novel yet. Pretty easy to take potshots from the dark, and it must give them such a cheap thrill.

There are too many of these people causing a decline in the public discourse. We're seeing this in our country now, where crazy is running loose. They're tiresome, like gnats--they don't do any real damage, but they do whine about your ears and try to suck your blood.

So while the latest dimwit rails once more at me for not being a writer, the sane and decent among you can read my latest article, the third in a series (with more to come):


  1. Hey Dale-

    Let me start off by saying, this post is not meant to “smash” or citizen your blog, or make fun of you for not being published for that matter. I stumbled upon your blog via the blogger website, it was listed in recently added columns. At first glance your page seems rather pleasurable, not enough to follow you, but still it’s entertaining in down time at work. Don’t be discouraged, I see you only have three followers, but I’m sure you’ll gain readers sometime in the near future. I actually enjoy reading, not necessarily less talented, but unknown writers, and as you can see, blogger is one of the best places on the web to find them. I find the writing refreshing in a world where everyone strides to be perfect. I think you have a lot of talent, and from what I’ve read, I can appreciate your, “I don’t give a damn what you think about my writing attitude,” it’s very Bukowski of you =).

    Since you can’t really judge a writers talent solely from this website, I checked out some of your short stories that you’ve provided links too. They were, interesting. Unlike some of the cowards and put downs people like to just shout out, I on the other hand would like to give you some advice. You don’t have to take it, but I feel your style of writing was much similar to mine when I was in my early twenties. I kept trying and trying, but never had any luck. Then someone bestowed upon me this knowledge that forever changed my life. I can now proudly say, I am a published writer, and one of my books has been adapted into a Hollywood film. We are currently working on doing another adaptation, but this time I’d like to write the screen play and have a lot more final say, especially in the creative department.

  2. Your structure is basically pretty good, besides the sentences giving off the feeling that you are trying write more properly than one could imagine you speak. All the wordy, unnecessary punctuation, and talking as if you’re a millionaire sitting behind the desk of a corporate 500 company doesn’t work. You’re a writer, not the king of England. Not sure about your novels, but as far as short stories and blogging go, people just can’t relate. We are human beings. The public isn’t interested in your diverse dialog, or the tone of speech as if your talking down to them, save that for the speeches you’ll one day be giving at colleges across the nation =). For the most part, normal people read this, with normal needs. I’m guessing you live a rather normal life, and I feel like if you would just project that through your literature, you would be much more successful.

    Another big problem is the rambling. There is no flow. It often feels as if you are just typing to fill up the page, a big no no in the world of published writing. Writing should flow from the heart. My advice to adjust to writers block- write about something you love. Something you truly care for and don’t have to think about it. As soon as the sentences stop flowing, it gives off an artificial vibe. You’re blog says your from New England, why not write about something you and the people would surely be more familiar with. For example, a good writing exercise might be to go to several different restaurants in town, and try the clam chowder. Not just one or two places, but as many as you can. Make sure after ever consumption, you take notes. You might even want to bring your laptop or notebook with you to dine. That’d way all your feelings are fresh. After about a week of trying places around town, try writing a good solid one-page report, the basic compare and contrast between the meals. Be sure to state not only which you prefer, but why. Detail is essential. What did the food taste like? What was the texture? Was one bowl particularly warmer then the other? Once you complete this exercise, if you feel you are up for more of a challenge, try expanding. How was the service? Was it a male or female waiter? How did they act toward you? ECT, I’m sure you get the point.

    Hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but am definitely happy to help. I can’t imagine what life would be like for me if someone didn’t help me, criticize me. Criticism is the only way to learn, Dale. Be open to it. I’ve read in earlier posts you usually like to slam your criticizers, why would you ever do that? Feedback is feedback; a real writer can’t let his ego get in the way. At the end of the day, we all strive to sell out and make a buck. What do you think were doing hitting these keys with our fingers? I’m sure you’ll agree. Take care Dale, and remember… if you put your mind to it and concentrate really hard, you can do anything you want. The possibilities are endless.



  3. Dale-

    It looks like you have small hands... is this true?

    They say men with little hands are extra creative!