E-media and writing professor and Writer’s Digest contributing editor Jane Friedman blogs some excerpts from a Writer’s Digest article:
Don’t you wish someone could tell you if you’re wasting your time trying to be a writer? Or if you’re at all close to getting traditionally published—assuming that’s your goal?
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The 2 things I find MOST relevant to your publication path
1. How much time you’ve put into writing. Have you put in enough time to get good at it?
2. How much time you’ve spent reading quality, published work. This helps you learn how to write better AND understand where you might be on the spectrum of quality.
When is it time to change course?
1. Honestly assess whether your work is commercially viable. Not all work is.
2. Are readers responding to something you didn’t expect? I see this happen all the time: A writer is working on a manuscript that no one seems interested in, but has fabulous success on some side project.
3. Are you getting bitter? If you find yourself demonizing people in the publishing industry, taking rejections very personally, feeling as if you’re owed something, and/or complaining whenever you get together with other writers, it’s time to find the refresh button.
Link to the rest at Jane Friedman