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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Portrait of Perserverance

Many writers – myself included – have had their work rejected for publication.  But, it’s the belief that you have something good and just need to get the right editor or publisher to take a second, or third, (or who knows how many tries) look at something that often marks the difference between halting your efforts or breaking through the walls that often get in your way.

Ursula K. Le Guin who turns 85 this coming week, is a great example of belief in yourself as a writer.  Over a 6-year period The Grande Dame of American fiction had 5 consecutive novels and her first short story rejected before her paperback science fiction book Rocannon’s World was accepted in 1966.   Readers liked her. 

Today, she has published 22 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, 4 collections of essays, 12 books for children, 6 volumes of poetry and 4 of translation, and has received many, many awards, including this year’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, recognizing individuals who have made an exceptional impact on this country's literary heritage.   

Happy Birthday Ms. Le Guin, and thanks for the inspiration.

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