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April 5, 2012 | WIP Wednesday

Where do I draw the line between persistence and sheer stupidity? I’ve asked that question about every book in my backlist somewhere during the unfinished manuscript stage. I still don’t know the answer.

What I have learned is that, I can’t sell a story unless it’s finished. I can’t even make a single page of a story better until it’s actually written.

Here’s what Stephen King (one my heroes) said about quitting:

If you’re not talented, you won’t succeed. And if you’re not succeeding, you should know when to quit.

When is that? I don’t know. It’s different for each writer. Not after six rejection slips, certainly, nor after sixty. But after six hundred? Maybe. After six thousand? My friend, after six thousand pinks, it’s time you tried painting or computer programming.

You can read his whole essay; Everything You Need To Know About Writing by clicking the link.

Here’s more advice from Writer Unboxed on The Only Way To Know If You’ll Be A Successful Writer

How do you decide whether to give up on a dream or to keep trying?

Posted by Evanne @ 4:00 am  

2 Responses to “Real Life”

  1. Allie Ritch Says:

    I think a good thing to look at is what the rejection letters say. If your work is getting rejected because of grammatical or pacing issues, then don’t give up. Educate yourself, hone your craft, and then try submitting when you’ve got a more polished product. If hundreds of agents/publishers are rejecting you because they flat don’t like your ideas or think writing isn’t your forte, then that’s a different matter. Everyone needs to find their niche and do what they’re good at. Anyone who’s ever watched American Idol or SYTYCD knows that some very passionate people just haven’t found the right thing yet.

  2. Evanne Says:

    Excellent suggestion, Allie. Kindly editors pointed out what wasn’t working for them in my manuscripts and steered me in the right direction. But based strictly on my own experience, by the time I received helpful feedback I was very close to selling. The initial form rejections offered no clues. :sad:

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