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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-03-27 05:18
Subject: [writing] Weird moments in writerly self-awareness
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lasirenadolce pointed out something very weird in chat this morning. Since the beginning of 2006, I've written exactly one short story I haven't been able to sell (that in May, 2006). I have garnered plenty of rejections (112 in that same time frame, vs. 54 acceptances from paying markets), and still have older stories which never sold, and few recent ones out under consideration, but for a while now everything new I've written has found a home.

Weird milestone I never would have thought of myself. It makes me oddly self-conscious. (My response to feeling self-conscious is to blog about it, for two reasons: one, I'm running towards what makes me uncomfortable instead of running away; two, I've made a commitment to document my career journey here, even the parts which aren't particularly flattering of me. ETA: The sale ratio is not unflattering, me talking about it is — as if I were bragging.)

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User: eljaydaly
Date: 2008-03-27 12:59 (UTC)
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For what it's worth, it doesn't feel at all like bragging from this end (I've got about 60 rejections and haven't made my first sale yet). On the contrary, it gives me a lot of hope because I've been following your blog and I know you spent a lot of years where I am. Reading about your milestones is like looking up from the bottom of a deep well and seeing a circle of sky.

Thank you very, very much for blogging about your progress. (And an aside: good for you for running toward discomfort! That's another great lesson that's all sorts of applicable.)
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User: carnwrite
Date: 2008-03-28 02:42 (UTC)
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That's pretty damned inspirational, I reckon. You must be writing more of what editors want to read these days. Either that, or you've cleverly moulded their tastes over the years ;)
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