Living the Dream

Head in CloudsThe problem with writing is that until actual money exchanges hands for a piece of work, we’re forever left in doubt as to whether we’re good enough to class ourselves a writer.

Anyone can call themselves a writer! They don’t have to possess a literary talent; they don’t even have to be able to spell or compose a grammatically correct sentence. But it is only quality that sells. Right? Given the trend for some rather dubious material topping the bestseller list and making a fortune over recent years, that might bring this theory in to question.

When our work is continuously rejected by editors we are told it could be for any number of reasons: recurrent themes, wrong style, too long, too short. Established writers receive rejections all the time, so the practice is commonplace. But how do we know if our work is ever good enough to make the grade?

We might spend years submitting material that will never be up to scratch, but no one wants to burst our bubble and tell us this. And would we choose to believe them if they did? There are enough deluded X Factor contestants who blatantly ignore Simon Cowell’s advice to give up the ghost, believing that one day they’ll achieve their dream. Are we in that camp?

So, unless busy editors can factor in the time to tell us straight and save us years of our lives, what’s the alternative? It’s a no brainer! Until I meet the Simon Cowell of the literary world, I’ll keep my head in the clouds and carry on living the dream.

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2 Responses to Living the Dream

  1. Rosemary says:

    You are doing the correct thing by going on writing courses, Julie. May I also suggest you join a writing group, real (face to face) or online?

    Also bear it in mind that a lot of ‘placed’ stories do not attract a fee. Myself, I have actually ‘sold’ less than £50 worth!

    • Julie Wow says:

      Thanks for the advice. I did try a writing group but, sadly, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Might give it another go. I take your point about the fee. If you value your writing by this standard, then how much do you have to be paid before considering yourself an authentic writer? It’s convoluted and I suppose you just have to believe in yourself.

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