Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Barron Knight

Phill Barron is on fire (metaphorically) at the moment, with a couple of fantastic blog posts. He's always on good form, and blisteringly honest, but these two are particularly fine.

The first, in which he is a hero to all of us writers, is an epic win which is still making me laugh.

The second, in which he gives tough love to new writers, is a harsh-but-fair set of answers to common "I can't break in" complaints. Go and read it now. If any of them upset you, or you think "yeah but that doesn't apply to me", then read it again, and again, and again, until it sinks in. Here's an example of the sort of no nonsense stuff you'll get from him:


No they didn’t. Your idea was shit, they just had the same shitty idea. You remember that newspaper article which set you off? Guess fucking what? You weren’t the only person in the world to read it. They just got there first. Tough shit, move on.

Go. Read. And read back through the archives. And hey, even if you disagree with everything, you have to admit - the man can fucking swear for England.