Well, Emily, seeing as you’re “self-sufficient,” I’m surprised you had time to read my “rant.” As to your point about a “reverse outline,” I’m not sure it would help, since you seem to read things here that don’t exist. Who’s talking about “magical dicks”? We’re just happy our dicks aren’t being used as hood ornaments or doorstops. Please feel free to pass along your own work. I’m always interested in dizzyingly coherent articles, especially by those who find other’s work “dizzyingly incoherent drivel.” I’d be interested to see what a “pro” has to say about, well, anything. Choose your topic. Post it on the Wake-Up Call. I’m an editor there and look forward to reading your work.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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