It is said that you don't need to have credentials to become a successful fiction writer... but it sure helps. In the vast quagmire of slush that circulates in this modern era of easy information, it is increasingly hard to get noticed by the commercial presses. Being able to tout yourself as a doctor or professor no doubt helps catch the attention of certain editors, and saying you're a graduate of xyz writing workshop might help push your head above water.
Sadly, I have no such notoriety. I never went to college, and I haven't spent hours in workshops to craft my writing talent. But that does not mean I am ignorant and have not honed my skills. I have simply done so by other means.
|Dean Ingham (Martin's Father)|
When I was six years old, I came to the realization that I wanted to be a writer. Seeking to help along the way, my father began to cultivate my writing talent, working with me as a child to draft fantastic stories. It was from him that I learned the basics at an early age.
|Last known photo of Dr. Stephen K. Alexander (left),|
taken shortly before his death in September 1998.
In recent years, I have continued to advance my knowledge base, reading as much as time permits. I hone my talents by bouncing ideas off of educated colleagues, assuring that my stories are as polished as humanly possible. This is, of course, what every serious writer must do.
These are my writing credentials. They may not elicit the kind of attention that a PhD or a workshop certificate would, but I have equivalent knowledge and skill. Perhaps, someday, enough people will recognize the truth, and I shall gain the attention necessary to achieve commercial success with my literature. Until that day, and beyond, I'll keep striving for the ever elusive mark.