Thursday, April 8, 2010

You may not be a writer, but this will help


Salley Shannon, president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, wrote a great essay on the present state of writing, which is pretty crummy with newspapers and magazines croaking right and left, overseas “entrepreneurs” getting writers to write for a penny a word instead of a dollar, and so on.

Shannon wasn’t feeling the love, I guess, the day she wrote this, which you can find at http://www.asja.org/preslett/pres0912.php.

She says, “When you are a freelance writer (insert job hunter) you’ve got to bounce back from ‘no’ like one of the bobble head dolls rebounds from a swat.”

Having a story rejected is part of our business. So is the massive, heartbreaking rewrite…she goes on.

She says she gets through rejection by reading stories she is proud to have written.

What is YOUR confidence repair program, she asks.

Writers are telling her they are having more days when it’s tough to take “normal” rejection in stride.

But—she says—she knows her editor friends still like her work and that bad times never last.

The other day in a WSJ story about an upper middle class guy who is now afraid he can’t send his kids the rest of the way through college—he said something like, “Yeah, I know, cry me a river and build a bridge over it and cross….”

Yeah, the bridge…

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