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Blank White Pages

by Adam J. Whitlatch

If you ask any writer (any at all, take your pick) what the worst part of his craft is, he may pause and consider this for a moment before responding. This is because there are so many obstacles in a writer’s day-to-day life. There’s the ever-lingering doubt that his work is up to par; does my family believe in me or are they just humoring me until I give up and decide to go back to work at my old day job? Rejection letters... now there’s something every writer has to deal with – some on a daily basis – and no matter how many times you hear about Stephen King or J.K. Rowling’s slew of rejection letters before they struck it big you just can’t help but ask yourself, “Is my writing really that fucking terrible?” Then of course there are those days when a new literary magazine comes in the mail and you open it to find that your brilliant masterpiece that you spent weeks polishing and revising – the envy of all your coffee house frequenting writer friends - was passed up in favor of some poorly edited, half-baked piece of drivel entitled “My Boyfriend is an Alien” that was probably pounded out in five minutes by the fiction editor’s thirteen-year-old autistic nephew. All of these drain on a writer’s sanity of course, but nothing - and I mean nothing - enrages authors more than a goddamned blinking cursor on a blank white page.

6S

Adam J. Whitlatch would like to dedicate this piece to his good friend Joseph Grant. Adam is the author of numerous short stories, the novel “The Blood Raven: Retribution," and the novels-in-progress “E.R.A. – Earth Realm Army” and “The Weller: Tales of the Wastelands." (Adam's complete works on 6S can be found here.)

29 comments:

Libby said...

Too fucking true!

Have I told you lately that I love you?

Awesomeness per usual!

Joe said...

Adam's story is a first-rate and brilliant take on the trials and many tribulations on being a writer. He is an excellent story-teller, by far one of the best there is on 6S (or any other site for that matter, but no other site compares to 6S)and he will go far in the literary field. I am honored that Adam would dedicate such a fine piece of prose to me. He illustrates the 'fear and loathing' as Thompson would say, about facing the blank page. Fortunately for all us, Adam has no such problem putting greatness onto a blank page and he does so with the ease of a Master for such a wayward youth! As a boxer, he would be considered a contender to reckon with and one to definitely watch.

Leatherdykeuk said...

How utterly true. You do well, sir, to fit so much into one sentence. I am, as ever, awed.

Kevin Michaels said...

Something completely different from an excellent writer who never disappoints! Great perspective on the horrors each of us face every time we sit down and try to create something from nothing.

Blurry said...

Another awesome 6S!

Anonymous said...

that was so amazing and utterly true. I am totally speechless in awe!!

Marie Mosley said...

As the author of "My Boyfriend is an Alien", I feel it's my duty to inform you that it took me 25 minutes to write, *and* I used spellcheck. The editors told me they liked my "alliterative use of laser sound effects". Better luck next time, dude.

;)

Anonymous said...

Ha!

(Great six.)

austere said...

Right, sir.

Anonymous said...

Very entertaining...so true...and, as always, executed brilliantly!
caccy46

Harry said...

Jesus, I've held my tongue long enough. Nothing brings out the sucking up at 6S faster than writing something about being able to write nothing.

mgirl said...

Thank you, awesome!

Anonymous said...

I'm with Harry.

Ernest said...

I have to agree with Harry in that he only proves his own point. Mr. Whitlatch has written about something while Harry has written about nothing. Harry can hold his tongue and his negativity too, while he's at it. There are always pessimists like Harry and 'anonymous' (probably Harry again!) who bitch about a story or an observation by a writer but typically these people are just critics who cannot write. Apparently, Harry has a rather dim view of writers who express themselves in a thoughtful manner at 6S or as he puts it "sucking up at 6S", which perhaps denotes a trace of envy. One can only come to the conclusion that maybe your stories aren't as popular or as well-written as Mr. Whitlatch's, ay, Harry??

Baby Island said...

Nice job as usual putting so much goodness into 6 sentences. I always enjoy your writing Adam, and also must note that I am a writers groupie and completely willing to suck up or whore myself out to gain the notice of an awesome writer. Um, have you seen my blog? Just kidding...

;)

Harry said...

First my mother and later Madam Z have tried to teach me that when you don't have something nice to say it's best to not say anything. But how about the importance of being Ernest? Watch out Adam, Ernie looks like your Annie Wilkes.

Anonymous said...

Again, I'm with Harry!!!

Libby said...

I suck up to Adam all the time anyways.

Not just at 6S :)

'course that comes from being friends for over ten years.

I've also smacked the ever living shit out of him (physically and mentally) when he needs it though.

-shrugs-

Not being able to write frustrates us most of us at one point or another. So of course we go 'yeah, right fucking on man!' when someone posts about it.

I guess I just fail to see why us patting each other on the backs about our frustration is bitch worthy. There are far better and juicier things to be snarky about.

Ernest said...

Literary acrimony is as old as writing itself. Writing is hard enough, the hardest job there is- artistically speaking-without deriding an author's work. That having been said, I think it's important to air literary differences of opinion, but we can also do it in a positive manner. We must support our own. It's hard enough trying to get our voices heard.

Eric Hammet said...

Adam writes the truth for many of us. He is a writing god!

GM said...

Well, Whitlatch, this is just brilliant. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. So brilliant, in fact, that I have forgotten all my adjectives except for "brilliant."

Harry said...

Your right Libby. There's really nothing wrong with Adam's 6 and on it's own it's surely not "bitch-worthy". But the problem with me biting my tongue is it makes it impossible for you to know of the half dozen times I had my finger on the button and didn't launch the snark missile at some other 6er's ode to the blank page or blinking cursor. Call it a pet peeve. My comment's just a comment. But it's true.

Eric I swear this is not a knock on Adam but get to a library.

GM Try adding genious and stupendous periodiaclly among the brilliants and use some exclamation points for added emphasis.

Ernest So today, you "think it's important to air literary differences of opinion."
Well it's too late for you to ascend to the moral high ground. You've already shown yourself to be a prick. And since you don't like negativity I'll say I'm positive you are also a total douche-bag.

That's the last I'll say about this as I attempt what Mom and Madam Z have so far failed miserably in teaching me.

Joe said...

Jeez, I go away for a day and there's a pissing match going on. Would everyone just drop it?

Anonymous said...

By asking us to drop it, aren't you really picking it back up?

Joe said...

Uh, nope.

Madam Z said...

Okay kids, listen up. Madam Z is here to restore order. In the first place, Ernest, Harry was not intending to insult Adam and said nothing negative about his writing style. In fact, I found his comment amusing, and I believe that was his intention. (Of course, I LOVE Harry and all the Sixes he has written, especially the sexy ones.) You, on the other hand were way out of line, being needlessly malicious and insulting. Six Sentences is a beautiful thing; it gives us aspiring writers a forum for our work and feedback from other writers. It should not be used to vent one's spleen in a cruel and insulting manner.

So, let's all go back to our seats and play nicely, from now on.

Are You Hung Up? said...

very true!

Anonymous said...

Uhm ... normally I'm more loquacious but all I can think of to say at the present time is, that was an awesome six. As are all of Adam's sixes. Word, bro. ~Jennifer W.

AJW fan said...

AJW rules!