Sunday, December 17, 2006
Conf 286: The Long Haul
I always find other people's how I got published stories fascinating. Louise Doughty's Novel in a Year in this weekend's Telegraph about her many false starts as a novelist shows how tough it can be.
I've been going through a doubtful phase and Louise's story of her determination to keep going was inspiring. My trajectory, from casually enrolling in a beginner's writing class in an attempt at getting my brain back after having a baby; to writing short stories and the thrill of winning little competitions and seeing them in anthologies; to writing a novel and getting an agent after only writing 3 chapters; to getting the 6th publisher to take me on, has been fairly cushy in comparison. Thanks to the writing classes and all the friends I've met through it, also very enjoyable. Apart from the 5 rejections, which nearly finished me off, a continuous upward spiral. But then comes the slipperly slipway that most writers have to deal with at some stage or another, trying to keep onwards and upwards as agents get fewer scripts accepted; as editors have tougher marketing departments, only after the next Chantelle or Jade, to convince.
Debi Alper's report of her positive rejection (the worst of the worst kind of rejection letter) is only another confirmation of how bloody hard it is to get back out there. Dave Hill, meanwhile, has managed to get his new third novel on the rails & has been having a little ponder about the state of play - interesting comments too. Time to enrol on another course and go back to those enjoyable, stress-free hobby days maybe.
Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.
Posted by Stephanie Zia at Sunday, December 17, 2006