Thursday, 17 February 2011


Would-be writers need a certain amount of confidence (or madness). The task is HUGE. The rewards are likely to be small or none. Getting published is bloody difficult. Staying confident in the tide of rejections is almost impossible. Sensible people would get the message, give up and go home.

If you don't believe me check this seriously depressing clip.
This, in my opinion, is where the madness comes in handy. So I was cheered to find this article by Neil Strauss in the Wall Street Journal about how famous people, get (and stay) that way.

'Musicians who believed that they were destined to be famous, that being a celebrity was "God's plan" for them, were more likely to get famous and stay there. Those who felt like they got lucky tended to fall out of the limelight pretty quickly.'

In other words, you don't have to be mad. But it helps.

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