Academic journals had come to mind, but I realized that defeated the purpose of the project. The idea is to reach writers -- especially fledgling writers -- who might hope to learn something from the critical analysis of contemporary works. Thus my audience isn't academics but amateurs.
I had not heard of the book you mentioned, but I looked it up, and it looks good. I will have to add it to my list of "to-read" for the future. I am currently going over Silverberg's book, Science Fiction 101
, which is quite good, too.
This I agree with wholeheartedly:
admin wrote:Several of the authors in Those Who Can make this point: the experience of the writer, and the pleasures of writing, are very different from the experience of the reader, and the pleasures of reading.
This I do not:
admin wrote:I don't think anyone who is not a professional writer can give useful advice about writing, any more than a person who is not a professional carpenter can give useful advice about carpentry.
Or, perhaps, it depends on the clarification of 'professional.' I think that there is a lot of good that can come from fledgling writers learning from anyone willing to give them some time and energy. I also think that the argument can be made that while it may not be as refined as someone who is seasoned, a writer with 5 or 6 or even 10 years of experience can still teach someone who is just beginning -- and in my case is more willing to spend the time doing so without pay. Perhaps I am mis-perceiving (and please tell me if that is so), but this statements sounds a little equivalent to saying, 'new teachers are not as useful as seasoned teachers.' Professionalism comes in many forms, I believe, and thus many people can teach and learn at various levels. My vision of a 'professional' lies much in the line of Silverberg, himself, who says that such persons are those who dedicate their time and energy and discipline to learning a craft or art. It's broader, perhaps, but I think it fits.
admin wrote:As for essays aimed at readers, very few writers are perceptive enough to come between the reader and the book in a way that is both interesting and helpful, and very few books are worth that kind of analysis.
I would not actually be reviewing books but short works, which I realize I did not mention. I think that short stories are a great medium and a good way for a lot of newer writers to begin. So my energy and efforts would be in finding contemporary short fiction and writing analysis of those pieces. It would also not be aimed at readers of the genre but writers with an intention to help them better understand the craft behind the story and perhaps where it might be lacking -- even in its published form.