Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Writing Life = A Game of Chutes and Ladders

Writer Gae Polisner has a great blog post today about how our writing careers are like a long (cruel?) game of Chutes and Ladders.  It’s funny because it’s true, and it’s heartbreaking also because it’s true:

“Imagine my first attempt at writing a manuscript in 1998 as the Start Space, and the completion of the first rough draft of THE JETTY (4+ years) as Space #4.

“Up, I go to Space #14 where there's a yummy cake waiting for me. Yay, cake! You know how I love a good cake.

“Perhaps at space #15, I submit to my first round of agents, which all come back rejections. Space #16, down I go! But at Space #9, I get a bite, my first agent request for a look at a partial or full.

“Woohoo, I'm off and running on Space #31!

“At Space #36, THE JETTY makes it to the Semi-finals of the first-ever Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, but at Space #47, I'm eliminated (luckily, I land in water).”

Read on.  The visuals of the game board will help you see exactly what she means.


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