In an essay posted on The Inner Writer, bestselling author Dani Shapiro writes about how difficult it has become for new writers to succeed in the publishing world today. With a focus on blockbusters and bestsellers, she wonders how writers will be able to take the time and put in the effort needed “to create something original and resonant and true?”
For most writers, the writing life is not the red carpet life. There are no lush scenes of privilege and excess. What writers get instead, she writes “is this miserable trifecta: uncertainty, rejection, disappointment.”
Ms. Shapiro’s insight is discouraging, but it’s also realistic. It’s a tough door to break through, but there is still room in the market for the newcomers. By focusing on the writing itself, and not on publishing, perhaps we can we can find the courage and the dogged tenacity to keep going when the rejections and doubts start piling up. That’s when we’ll find that the risks are worth the rewards.
To read the essay, please visit: A writing career becomes harder to scale.
Resources: The Inner Writer, Dani Shapiro, The Daily Post