Sun Singer’s Muse: Looking at how far you have come as a writer
“When a writer comes out of nowhere with a big book and a lot of media attention, the public often thinks s/he worked in other fields and suddenly decided to write a book and then got really lucky when a big publisher snapped it up. Most readers miss the blog posts and more lengthy reviews with titles like ‘The Overnight Success That Was Twenty Years in the Making.’
“Those who are ‘suddenly successful’ usually pay their dues for years. They have a resume filled with short stories published in journals most people have never heard of. They have files filled with rejection slips and, in the e-book era, probably a few books published on Lulu or Kindle.”
Writing is usually not performance art, so day to day without feedback, it’s difficult to see our progress. This post on “The Sun Singer’s Muse” looks at the value of reading old stories–and the rejection notices that often went with them.