"I spent years thinking, you know, if I could just get one piece of writing published, I will die happy. Then I got one piece of writing published and I thought, oh, what I would really like to do is get a piece of writing published at the New Yorker. And then I got a piece of writing published at the New Yorker, and I thought, I would like to write a book. And then I sold a book to a publisher, and I thought, I hope this book sells well. I hope that I achieve some measure of cultural success. And then I read accounts like Emily’s and realize, that wheel just keeps on turning regardless. Nobody’s fully successful, and no one’s fully a failure. We’re all just doing the best we can to survive in an economy that hates writers, and in fact hates pretty much everyone. There’s a level on which just continuing to try is sort of heroic."
The Futility of Chasing a “Successful” Writing Career – Flavorwire
Michelle Dean on literary success. This sums up so much, ladies and gentlemen. So much.
One of the places I was published this year, Extract(s), is doing a poll on their favorite short story of the year.
Could you head over there and vote for my short-short story? It’s called “Crossing.” (http://dailydoseoflit.com/2013/09/26/story-sarah-seltzer/)”
The contest is here:http://dailydoseoflit.com/2013/12/20/vote-for-your-favorite-daily-dose-of-2013/
Thanks, dear Tumblr family! I feel no great desire to win, but only to be well-represented by my readership.
"If you go on valuing recognition and praise of others, you’re asking to be ruined. The only value in expression is its inherent value."
— How is literary success defined? | Cover Story | Creative Loafing Atlanta
"I could give you absolutely sterling advice on how to avoid writing, how when you run out of things to do other than going to your desk and writing, when every closet is reorganized and you’ve called your oldest living relative twice in one day to see what she’s up to and there isn’t an unanswered e-mail left on your computer or you simply can’t bear to answer another one and there is no dignity, not a drop left, in any further evasion of the task at hand, namely writing, well, you can always ask your dentist for a root canal or have an accident in the bathtub instead."
— Tony Kushner offers advice to emerging writers: http://nyr.kr/1805qwk (via dannygoodmanwriting)
(Source: newyorker.com, via dannygoodmanwriting)