Saturday, June 16, 2007

Overnight Success,
Years in the Making

'For some reason, reporters often call me an overnight success. But if that's true, it's been a 15-year-long night. My career, like those of most writers, has been one of slow, incremental growth, a mixture of both successes and failures. And here's the thing that's really remarkable: the failures you face as a writer are more important, because they're what make you work harder, do better and build up the rhinoceros-hide-thick skin you need to survive in the publishing world.'
--Novelist Jodi Picoult, sounding off about failure and rejection in the current Writer's Digest


At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOu have always liked babes named Jodi. mfh

At 11:38 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Except that she (my first love, a high school girlfriend) spelled it Jodie. But then, you of course have a longer personal memory of my past--romantic and otherwise--than any other BFD reader.


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