Okay, okay, I know, that’s a hell of a mouthfull when it comes to a subject line.
In a soon to be released episode of Fangs and Fonts where we talk about communication, I tell the story of an encounter I had with my brother and I wanted to know if anyone has ever encountered a similar situation.
Now, before I tell the story, I am not looking for advice on how to handle something like this, because I handled it. What I am curious about is if any of you have dealt with similar situations.
The whole thing came about from an episode of Writing Excuses where one of the hosts talks about how most inexperienced writers will try to solve plot issues by throwing more characters into the story. I had asked my brother if he felt this was the case with ‘Wheel of Time’ and ‘Game of Thrones’, as both series have an overabundance of characters.
What I got in return was two sentences telling me that he did not feel that was the case, and then a lecture on how I should write a novel. (which included handling characters, plot points, etc) I grinned and sat through it, then switched the subject as soon as was politely possible. Now, my brother has read my work before, and his comment was “This reads like a professional story” and it was one of my first works. So he knows I can write.
Have you ever had someone who doesn’t write, nor has ever shown interest in writing, lecture you on your craft?