Friday Inspiration

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Friday Inspiration

I read a lot of queries this week–about one hundred. I sent a lot of rejections this week–about ninety-something (I requested four manuscripts).

Getting rejections is never easy (remember: I get them, too!). Sending rejections isn’t easy, either. But when I pass on your project and tell you to keep writing, I mean it. The passage below explains why. So even if you think I’m a jerk with no taste for passing on your project, you should listen to Ira Glass, because he’s a really smart guy.

Keep writing.

  1. Love this. Really love it. Might tattoo it across my forehead.

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  2. Great advice and so true. I believe in the old saying that you have to practice 10,000 hours to become good at something. I think many writers get frustrated and give up too soon. Thanks for the inspirational boost!

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  3. Thank you for sharing. Mr. Glass’ words remind me that writing is a process of evolving. One of the best ways to speed the progression: join a critique group and embrace the feedback. It smarts sometimes, but it’s terrific “fertilizer”.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this. It was a hit of perspective that I desperately needed. :)

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  5. Thanks for reminding me of this. What a great encouragement–to keep moving forward and working at craft rather than expecting genius to fall on my lap.

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