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Hi, I'm Luddy and I have writer's disease

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Okay. Now I have joined a cult. Damn you, Palahniuk.

Here's the deal. I'm a novelist. Published four of the beasties and starting work on number five. Titles don't matter. Not here to sell books. As a certain narrator might say, I am Jill's Sudden Suicidal Boredom with the Sound of Her Own Voice. I've not read any of Chuck's books; I read little fiction outside student manuscripts. Chalk it up to simple fear of unconscious theft--not to mention paralyzing bouts of envy. Still, readers keep mentioning CP to me because apparently our brains are tuned into the same frequencies on archetype radio K-JUNG. The same readers, however, tend to point out that my stuff doesn't make them want to puke--compliment or criticism, depending on how you come down on a reader's nausea as proof of making your point.

For the past week, I've been watching [I]Fight Club[/I] obessively. Two or three times a day. Not sure why, but it has something to do with one of the characters emerging in the new thing I'm wrestling onto the page. In researching the film, I found the cult here and then the workshop. Buddha says that when the student is ready to learn, the teacher will appear. I suppose he said that before he said the stuff about the student having to kill the teacher. Anyway, I need my writing smacked around some, made more visceral, hardened into a force that pulses along the nerve endings rather than sits passively, comtemplating itself.

I've read through the workshop instructions and the Fresh Fish thread but am not certain I get exactly how all of this operates. Submit one and review 5 in return--that much is clear. And fair. Further directional pointers would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Assume my avatar is a blank sheet of paper--or one side of the box holding Schrodinger's cat. Same thing.