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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Writing Life As Exile

Dani Shapiro, the extraordinarily successful memoirist, wrote recently in the LA Times about how much more difficult it is for an author to receive the support and backing required to develop one's craft in today's uber-blockbuster publishing market. The read is quick but pointed, and Shapiro tries at the end to keep the essay from being too depressing. She doesn't really succeed but I think this is an important message for new authors to hear: It will be hard whether you "make it" or not, so keep your eyes on the prize and keep on writing.

You can read the essay here.