Attempting to Ascend the Ladder of the Greats

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Writing is difficult, publishing your writing is even more so. I’ve won some hard fought victories, but at great cost. Time is the number one cost, money the second. So is it worth it?

Great writers say that it takes perseverance and consistent writing. But I think there is more to it than that. A lot of those great writers were in the right place at the right time, found the right agents, and/or did something seemingly small at the time that affected their whole careers. Those things gave them the edge over your average writer.

Don’t get me wrong though — it still takes perseverance and consistent writing. It takes a lot of bad writing. It takes a lot of humility. It also takes the right people noticing you and giving you a chance.

I believe I only live once, so I’m going after my dream. I don’t resent anyone in this business because they have their own reasons (even if they are misguided and downright wrong) that are based off of their own knowledge of how the industry works. We all have to muddle through together.

My hope is that the two stair steps up I’ve taken will give me a better visual of the top. I also hope it will give me a chance to reach down to the bottom and pull a few others up with me. Whatever happens, I refuse to go back down.

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7 Comments

  1. Great piece! Writing is so difficult, and it’s such a hard road to travel. So much depends on being in the right place at the right time, knowing the right people and having the right connections. It’s tough – you would think finishing your writing project would be the biggest battle, but that isn’t always the case. Like you, though, I’m not backing down – I think that in the end, it’s all worth it because it’s what I’m most passionate about. 🙂

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