About five years ago I looked at the future of publishing and felt … deeply worried. The rise in the sale of e-readers heralded both opportunities and concerns. You see, there aren’t a lot of avid readers in the world. About 40 percent of the people in the US won’t read a book this year—or…
A work in progress quickly becomes feral….As the work grows, it gets harder to control; it is a lion growing in strength. You must visit it every day and reassert your mastery over it. If you skip a day, you are, quite rightly, afraid to open the door to its room. You enter its room with bravura, holding a chair at the thing and shouting, ‘Simba!’
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
…reminds me that I actually like my writing! I just need to finish it off, chop it up, and throw it in the wok. All of the ingredients are there; all of the spices are right. But the prose is raw, which means that many drafts are in my future.
Any projects coming along? How have you harnessed encouragement or learned from disappointments?
Written by Sarah Yoon — Once you’ve got a few article ideas matched up to magazines, it’s time to write some query letters and hopefully get a few clips for the resume.