As writers, we often work solo. And while the sense of being in charge of a project can be fabulous, the feeling of isolation can also be bleak, especially when we're waiting for our very first breaks. For some of us, this loneliness speaks to a wish to share our work, a need to let our pieces affect the world. What's more, when we think snagging a publisher is the only ‘viable’ way to share, ongoing rejections can feel like a kick in the teeth.
Frankly, it is easy to forget that the act ...
July 18, 2013 | Susan Williams
June 28, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab
By Michael Geisser
For the past five years or so, whenever someone asked me what I did for work, I have answered, “I’m a writer.” Before exhaling the final syllable of that simple sentence, a wave of self-doubt would wash over me. Then I would hear the standard comeback: “What have you written?” or “Have you published anything?” My answer was often a sheepish, “I’ve had some small pieces published, but I’m still working on my craft.” That usually moved the conversation to another topic, but not for me.
June 25, 2013 | Info
June 14, 2013 | Susan Williams
By Michelle Seaton
“How’s the writing going?” It’s the question I hear whenever I venture to an event where I see other writers. I ask this question, too, at every reading, book launch, conference, and party where I run into a friend or former student I haven’t seen in a while. The response is almost always the same: an awkward pause, a grimace, followed by an admission that it’s okay, or could be better, that it’s not that great. As a group, we writers are underwhelmed by our own efforts and achievements.