Musing on Writing

Acceptances are all alike; every rejection is unhappy in its own way.

Sorry, Tolstoy.

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When you do the elevator pitch for your novel, you wish for a taller building and a slower elevator.

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Writing is hard, but not writing is harder.

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You can’t be a writer if you don’t:

1. Write

2. Edit

3. Go back to 1

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There are 7.5 billion people on earth. Someone will be interested in your story. Don’t just write. Publish.

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Want to write good fiction or even poetry? Different and innovative would be a good start. Why write something that has already been written?

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I can’t imagine my life without waiting for a reply from a publisher.

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Got a rejection signed by Bonaparte (I kid you not). Napoleon® rejected BudMan®.

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If you write, you are a writer. However, if you write well, you are a good writer. If you write well and make efforts to publish, you’re a published writer. If you don’t do anything, you are a failed writer.

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When I was young, I’d say that I don’t need luck since I have talent, but I know better than that now.

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If you were vaccinated against death, fatigue and boredom, would you be able to write a novel longer than 100,000 words? I wouldn’t.

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If you can say dumb things that sound profound, you are above the grade of a failed writer.

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Some people advise to never quit writing. I’d say never is a very long time. Some writers have neither talent nor drive. But it’s up to you and not your advisor.

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