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Miss Snark [Feb. 20th, 2007|01:53 pm]
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Miss Snark is an anonymous literary agent in NYC. She was brought to my attention a while ago by Heather. And so, periodically I've been reading her blog which contains advice on how to go about trying to obtain a literary agent and get published. People email her questions, and she answers some of the questions in the blog. http://misssnark.blogspot.com/

Her blogs are snarky (hence the name), no-nonsense, and at times... brutal.

Which was why reading an encouraging blog from her meant a lot.

"When to give up"

Question for Miss Snark:

At what point does one simply give up? When does one say to oneself "I can't write, and I'm wasting my life doing so?"

Answer from Miss Snark:


Publication may be nice but it's not the only reward.

The very act of writing is its own reward. It teaches you (if you pay attention) how to see the world through different eyes; how to wield language skilfully; how to organize a persuasive presentation.

You recognize that writing is a creative art and brings you joy.

You recognize that doing something difficult over and over again, and trying your utmost to improve is a worthy endeavor even if you fall short of your goal.

You recognize that these moments of despair or frustration or fear are part of the process, and will make the achievement of your goal just that much sweeter.

[User Picture]From: el_kamino
2007-02-20 08:37 pm (UTC)
I saw that earlier today and really liked it.

I think it's good to remember even if a person does get published, because if you don't love writing for writing's sake, you'll probably just be disappointed when publication doesn't bring you the validation you were hoping for. I know at least one fabulous writer who's had stories published in a bunch of good literary journals, and she still has little confidence in herself.
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