on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
One thing that writers love to talk about is writing. Whether they are successful authors, aspiring novelists, or novices, writers always have something to say about the craft – as well they should. Writing involves words, and while a painter or a composer may be relatively inarticulate, no writer can get away with a paucity of verbal expression.
In the majority of cases, magazines that publish articles about writing want the perspective of experienced writers – those who have been published. Writing is a business as well as a calling, so these magazines are looking for advice on how to succeed at writing. But some of these publications are interested in the ordinary experiences of writers, regardless of how successful they are at the craft. The trials that writers face, both artistically and professionally, are instructive, as well as sobering.
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