Saturday, November 3, 2007

What does it all mean?

What does it mean to be confident? To sincerely believe that my work is strong? That it has a lot going on between the lines? That it ranks with the best that's out there?

Does it mean that I'm deluded? That I'm a conceited fool? That I'm naive?

Does it mean that people will love my work after my death -- but not before?

Does it mean that the publishing industry is heavily weighted against newcomers, despite their abilities?

Does it mean that I have to work harder and learn more and write better? That is what most successful novelists would say.

What does it all mean?

We shall see what we shall see.


Kappa no He said...

I've got this notion that it is all cumulative. All the good stuff just keeps piling up and then at one point the scales tip and wham you're an 'overnight' sensation.

Jim Melvin said...

That's our dream, isn't it? I can only hope to scratch the surface of it.


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Jim Melvin, a veteran journalist, debuts as novelist.