Over the last few weeks, I have been watching the auditions for American Idol. Call it a guilty pleasure. But there are times that I am alarmed by the attitudes of the contestants.
Even more alarming is the fact that they remind of some aspiring writers I know.
I first noticed this when one of the contestants admitted to the judges that he had no training and never sung before, but thought that they should give him a break and send him though anyways.
It reminded me of many writers I know, and a few occultists too.
(For those who know the esoteric circles I walk in, it is like a person who have never studied the Outer Order material thinking that they are good enourgh to go directly into the ranks of Inner Order. As a lodge officer, I find that pretty silly.)
In the case of writers, it is like a writer telling me that they should not have to learn grammar or editing, nor do any market research.
"All I need is an editor to give me a break, and I know that I will be successful."
Good luck at convincing any editor that is true. Editors want writers who have honed their craft and have paid their dues already (in blood, sweat and tears).
It does not matter how good you think you can become; all that matters is how good you are today.