By Michael P. Geffner
I'm not sure I believe in...
...writer's block. I do believe in people wanting so badly to be writers, but really have little, if nothing to say.
...freelance writing gurus. I do believe that most them are nothing but hucksters making their money from writing books on how to become a freelance writer, rather than actually doing it. Just like all those middle-of-the-night informercial guys selling their programs on how to make money investing in real estate.
...starving artists. I do believe in self-fulfilling prophecies.
...teaching people how to become writers. I do believe you can make people better, help them understand craft and grammar and the such, but the talent for putting words together is something that comes from such a different, distant place.
...poetry contests. I do believe that 99% of them are scams preying on the desperation of aspiring poets looking for validation.