Thursday, March 18, 2010

Why do we need a thick skin to survive in the writing world?

Nobody said that writing was easy. Good writing, I mean. Unfortunately, no one tells you that if you commit to be a writer, you're signing a contract to give up your own skin for something thicker like an alligator's (Not literally!). Nobody, personne, nessuno, nadie, mentions the ugly side of writing. Behold fellow writers! Being the next Hemingway, Camus, or Frost doesn't secure success in writing. It takes perseverance, patience, and diplomacy. Especially diplomacy! But most importantly, it takes meeting the right people, the very people that could pave the road to your success as a writer. I am talking about editors, publishers, agents, teachers, dealers, retailers, and let's not forget your friends. Have you ever seen an alligator wearing kids' gloves? It sounds funny, n'est-ce pas? But that's what you'll have to become in order to survive in this business, and we're not even in Florida! I'll leave you with some wise words from Winston Churchill, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
Point number seven applies to us writers.

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