In the video linked below, Julian Friedmann (Agent Provocateur) labels agents “pimps” and writers “egotistical”. He’s outrageous, funny, and anyone who wants to be a successful writer should at least listen to his advice. Here’s a preview of what he has to say:
Millions of people want to write. Why?:
- Sheer Egotism
- Getting back at people who put you down.
- Trying to make the world a better place.
His favorite quote (and mine from his talk) is by Samuel Johnson who said after reviewing a friend’s manuscript: “Your work is both good and original. Unfortunately the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.”
And a few bits of wisdom:
- “Agents are in the business of rejection.”
- Most of what he sees isn’t very good, in fact “it’s extremely boring”. (because let’s face it, most of our lives are boring).
- He believes the best stories follow a formula: Pity. Fear. Catharsis
- Great writers have experienced LOTS of rejection.
- “It takes an incredible amount of courage to put your soul on paper and have…people trample all over it.”
The video runs just over 18 minutes, but there’s some good stuff in there. Check out The Mystery of Storytelling and then come back share which comment outraged (or amused) you most.