Want success as a writer? Get rejected.

So argues Kim Liao, persuasively,  in Lit Hub. She said she managed 43 rejections last year — a personal best. Last year, I got rejected 43 times by literary magazines, residencies, and fellowships—my best record since I started shooting for getting 100 rejections per year. It’s harder than it sounds, but also more gratifying. In late 2011, aContinue reading “Want success as a writer? Get rejected.”

On the work of writing: Kent Haruf

A beautiful little essay/autobiography from the late Kent Haruf, which Granta generously makes available on-line. As the modest Haruf says, he devoted himself to writing like an acolyte, which no doubt has everything to do with the quality of his work: A couple of favorite passages: On inwardness: I learned to live completely inwardly in thoseContinue reading “On the work of writing: Kent Haruf”

Exposure can kill you: Slaves of the Internet, Unite!

Sometimes a headline is enough, but this op-ed — Slaves of the Internet, Unite! — by Tim Kreider makes so much sense, it's sad that (as he more or less admits) he won't be heeded. Quote of the weekend: …the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering itContinue reading “Exposure can kill you: Slaves of the Internet, Unite!”

Will 21st century be the end for professional writers?

According to a fed-up journalist Ewan Morrison, writing in the Toronto's respected Globe and Mail newspaper, even well-established authors such as himself are working essentially for nothing now. The economic trajectory of writing today is “a classic race to the bottom,” according to Morrison, who has become a leading voice of the growing counter-revolution –Continue reading “Will 21st century be the end for professional writers?”