Writing as work; or, a new literary daydream

Wish I could claim this idea as my own, but I can’t.  In fact, it’s a kind of convoluted web of connection, appropriate to the Internet but a bit confusing.  I was reading a recent entry in the terrific little blog Literary Rejections on Display, which was in turn a reference to an e-mail commenting on someone else’s essay, so I followed the link over to The Millions, where I found Tatjana Soli‘s fascinating essay, “The Writer Career Arc, or Why We Love the Susan Boyle Story.”  Go check it out for yourself, and feel free to offer comments there and/or here, because this seems like a conversation worth having.  As for my comments–I posted on the essay at the site, but I plan to write up something lengthier here this coming week, so stay tuned.

Also, while I’m here:  Happy Valentine‘s Day, everyone!  This is a day of love, not just a day for lovers, so I wish you much happiness and compassion today and every day.

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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