I have a mate whose dream and ambition is to be a writer. I feel partly responsible for that, since I introduced him to Kerouac in his early 20s. He's wanted to be a (beat) writer ever since. It's not an easy-come easy-go ambition either - he's spent a helluva lot of time and effort trying to become a writer. He's already written about 4 screenplays (he tells me), numerous essays and poetry anthologies. He's even found himself a literary agent. He's now in his late 20s and has sent me the first page of his new novel. I've just read it and I don't think much of it. At all. It's only the first page, but still... I haven't read any novels I can think of that I couldn't tell if I was going to like it by the first page.
I don't know what his type is. I seriously have no clue. If I were to type him according to how he comes across, I'd call him ESTP. His fav. activities include writing, boxing, camping and bow-hunting. But he spends a lot of time on his own (weeks at a time) and is really into writing and poetry. Which doesn't seem to gel too much with the ESTP image.
I know he's going to want feedback from me. I don't know what I'm going to tell him. What would you do?