- Think for yourself. Most people accept the ideas they’re taught by their parents, school, peers, and culture. Independent thought is discouraged in our early lives. We are frequently punished for disagreeing with others (even if only with scorn) and rewarded for towing the line. This is how bad ideas perpetuate through the centuries. The older ideas are, the harder they are to question, challenge, or oppose. An independent thinker, however, is oriented toward truth rather than pleasing others or society. Independent thought is freethinking–they are synonymous.
Having recently worked with Helen Hardt at Musa Publishing for the upcoming release of The Crosstown Kid, I thought I’d share some impressions for writers who might not have worked with a professional editor yet.
I don’t know about you, but I was a little nervous prior to the process. I had nightmare visions of my work being gutted, torn to shreds, clawing its way along with its legs hacked off, a dead, flat, hollow shell with only the barest resemblance to the version that flowed out of my head. Something I would despise and never want to look at again.
Turns out, this was a pretty dumb vision.
I’m releasing a crime novella, so I guess I must have some good crime reading suggestions, right?
Well, here’s a confession, right up front: I’ve never been much of a crime genre reader. (Gasp!) I’ve never even read any Donald Westlake. (Double gasp, fall over clutching chest!!) (I know. He’s on the list, okay? There’s an awful lot of stuff to read out there, if you haven’t noticed.)