The heart of a reader

On of the best and worst things about creative writing is its subjectivity. Beauty is truly in the eyes, and heart, of the reader.

No amount of formal education automatically endows a person with the gift of storytelling or, a flair for wordsmithing. A key learning point during my quest for a literary agent, was the realisation that my educational background and work experience, which though relevant in the commercial environment, meant very little in the literary world, despite the fact I wrote two hundred page reports in my day job. Creative writing it turns out, is very different to producing corporate reports or marketing materials.

Unlike a curriculum vitae, in a manuscript submission for a novel, it is the quality of the writing alone that counts most. The writer’s past literary experience is helpful, however the story has to stand in its own right and speak for itself. After all, that’s what matters to readers.

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