Individualistic approach with publishing as the goal; over-reliance on image of self as a good writer and
need for confirmation of this image, just want to hear their stuff is good, that's all.
Difficulty tolerating any questions about their work during critiques because questions seem to indicate
that a piece is not done; in this stage, writer tends to obsess over done or not done; they want to
produce finished pieces (would die to hear some poets talk about how they have been writing a certain
poem for five years).
No sense of journey, not for self or others, in other words, they have arrived, S/he is a good writer
now, they are done; can be impatient with beginners, why waste time on their stuff, they won't be as
good as I am; sometimes harsh or nit-picky critiques of others.
Tend to be focused more on self than on the group; what is best for me as opposed to what is best for
everyone; e.g., question in coffee house is how many poems can I read tonight, as opposed to how
many poems would it be good for the audience and participants to hear?
Tend to vent poems in an automatic way; no sense of the preciousness of words; would just as soon read
twenty of their poems in a row to other people as five or ten; they do not think that maybe by the tenth
poem, listeners could be burned out, distracted, no longer hearing them; they think that they are so
good, people always want to hear them.
Have a belief that other people need to hear their stuff, that other people would benefit from hearing
their stuff; tend to read multiple pieces at open mikes or meetings with no sense that the reading is for
themselves; not clear on why they even need to read; the poem or story is done, so they're not looking
for reactions, they seem to think they are doing the audience a favor by reading their work to them;
ironically, they think people would love to sit and hear them read their stuff, but they do not typically
go out and hear other writers read or perform.
No sense of having to work or prove anything to generate an audience - they are a good writer, after
all, isn't it obvious? Reading their stuff should be enough; do not seem to have clue of how much
Western culture disparages poetry and literature - or in the very least does not understand it... they also
do not see themselves as amateurs in this restrictive, limited environment.