Writers aren’t generally known as the happiest lot. As a recent Guardian survey of some top writers shows, even the best ones don’t particularly enjoy it all that much. And in case you think this is a new development, an 1842 letter from Edgar Allen Poe to his publisher recently surfaced in which he was […]
Staying Sane While Writing
On Friday an anonymous commenter accused me of being too bleak and challenged, nay, dared, nay, triple-dog dared me to devote a week to nothing but positivity about the publishing industry, books, and the future. My friends, I have two words for you: it’s on. Let’s face it. This winter is feeling a little bleak. […]
Writing is a solitary pursuit. It takes silence, concentration, patience, and provides a ready excuse to escape any awkward family gathering. It also takes the forbearance of your friends and family as you toil away on the page or laptop and anguish over rejection letters and bad reviews. What do they think about it?
I have to admit that I was surprised by some of the responses to last week’s discussion about queries. There’s so much angst out there as authors struggle to find agents that some writers adopt an ends-justify-the-means mindset and think there’s something wrong the entire process if their queries don’t work. But as I said […]
Now that we are going through some economic turmoil, the new query vogue is for authors to mention their financial troubles and their hopes that they will be able to make money by writing. I have a few thoughts. 1) This is hugely depressing2) Step awaaaaaay from the computer Yes, we’ve all heard the story […]
I’m officially declaring this Gut Week on the blog. Gut gut gut. On Monday we talked about how impatience gets in the way of the gut, and on Tuesday… uh.. nevermind, Tuesday doesn’t apply, but then yesterday the dominant response to the “how do you know when to listen to your beta readers” was: the […]