When does an (outwardly) perfectly normal, peaceful-looking individual become a parent from hell?Raman muses on the Silverfish website, before launching into yet another* wannabe horror story, this time about a parent who wants his daughter published ... even before she's written a word.
Then he said, "Unless you are deaf, dumb and blind, everyone knows how much money JK Rowling makes."Now I love it when people say they want to write and will do my best to encourage them, but expecting that you can become the next big thing without putting in the time and effort it takes to get there is totally unrealistic.
Oh God! Not another one!
"How many JK Rowlings, are there?"
"One." He looked puzzled.
"What is the population of the world?"
"I don't know ... several billions."
"So, the chances of your daughter becoming another JK Rowling is one in several billions. Now, if you go downstairs and buy a lottery, the chances of you winning the first prize is one in three million. Wouldn't that be much better?
And it amazes me that many of the people I've met who say they want to write don't want to swallow the most basic piece of advice of all - if you want to write something worth publishing, you must read widely and hungrily. There is no shortcut. Sorry.
If you don't want to do this, take up quilting or grow bonsai trees or something like that. You'll probably be much happier.
(*A couple of my own are here and here.)