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Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 00:04:38 -0700
Subject: Re: (urth) delany, etc.
From: Lisa Schaffer-Doggett 

On Monday, July 28, 2003, at 11:15 PM, maa32 wrote:
   "You have a wonderful idea here.
> Many wonderful ideas.  But you will have to get much better at writing 
> before
> you can do justice to them.  You explain yourself way too much."
> I was infinitely grateful for his input - and I regard it as extremely
> positive - yet here is the rub: everyone who has ever read my work 
> says I need
> to explain more, because it doesn't make sense - that I make too many 
> quantum
> leaps that should be explained.

Don butts in with two maybe three comments:

Having never read anything you've written I would instinctively say 
that Mr. Wolfe's advice will give you critical longevity and "everyone" 
else's advice will give you more marketability.  I'm a less is more 
writer myself (and chronically unpublished, critically unnoticed, etc - 
My only hope is that when the Apocalypse comes the airtight seal on the 
time capsule will hold and I'll win by attrition : )

By the by, there was no excuse for what those students did.  They 
didn't even have the guts to complain to Mr. Wolfe in person.  Besides, 
we are all rational (usually, sometimes, potentially) beings who have 
the ability to study criticism and accept or ignore it to whatever 
degree we wish.  How often do you think Mr. Wolfe lets someone talk him 
out of a "bad" story idea?  It's his confidence in HIS story that we 
love as much as his skill in presenting it. IMHO.

I think I'm over my limit.


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