of interest

24 August 2012 at 04:20 Leave a comment

This is so very far from my experience that I find it fascinating in a voyeuristic way…

I wrote seven novels over a period of six years before one was accepted for publication. Rejected by some twenty publishers that seventh eventually earned me an advance of £1,000 for world rights. Evidently, I wasn’t working for money. What then? Pleasure? I don’t think so; I remember I was on the point of giving up when that book was accepted. I’d had enough. However much I enjoyed trying to get the world into words, the rejections were disheartening; and the writing habit was keeping me from a “proper” career elsewhere.

I was writing, I think, in my early twenties, to prove to myself that I could write, that I could become part of the community of writers, and it seemed to me I could not myself be the final judge of that question.

Tim Parks
http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/jul/20/does-money-make-writers-better/

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