Wow, who could've imagined a single post would warrant so many exclamation marks?
While I enjoy debate and differing ideals, I didn't mean to spark a tidal wave of emotional posts and sarcasm. It amazes me that a single word in the english language has been able to morph into a profanity. I used the word for lack of a better one, because I've been reading several articles that revolve around the question of age considerations for writers. There seems to be a good amount of skepticism about whether a younger writer has the experience necessary to really develop a character or plot. All of the responses to the question were answered in the same manner as I responded. There should be no age considerations when writing or reading a novel; the novel should stand alone based on a well written story.
As far as Age=Experience=A novel, that is only ignorance.
I didn't say that CZ is ignorant....I wrote that the belief that age is a determining factor on whether a novel can be written, or published, is a concept hinged on ignorance of the publishing industry, and is not supported by fact. It seems to be a belief that is widespread and not just held by one person.There are other young authors who have proven that good storytelling is not always bracketed into age groups. Funky should take heart and solice in that.
I still believe that writing is something that comes from the soul, and if Funky feels the passion to embark on a novel, then I wholeheartedly support that, and believe it can be done. To say otherwise, or bring up obstacles that only she can really know in her own life, is inserting our reality into hers. All that negativity can't be good for anyone's self-esteem, even if it's well intentioned negativity offered as good advice.
As writers, we live and work in a world where negativity and obstacles abound. Rejection slips, editorial censorship, competition...and the list goes on. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We all see it, or we wouldn't keep reaching for that brass ring.
I stand by my opinion...Goooooo Funky!