Kath here. Please welcome Boston-based poet and novelist L.J. Cohen to Writer Unboxed. L.J. was a finalist in our quest to find an unpublished contributor. She’s been a part of the WU community for years, having contributed a two-part guest post for us in 2008 on using a wiki to organize a novel (see part one and part two). L.J. has been actively blogging at Once in a Blue Muse since 2005. She’s also the head moderator of a large internet based poetry workshop, Wild Poetry Forum. She’s been writing fiction for the past 5 ½ years, and has completed six novels. She is represented by Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency and has a YA novel out on submission.
Accentuate the Positive: Hope and the Aspiring Writer
As a yet-to-be-published writer, I have learned the necessity of keeping hope alive. Since writers are first and foremost daydreamers, it shouldn’t be difficult to hold to an image of my book shelved at the book store, or of a reader on the “T” looking up from one of my novels to recognize me from the back cover. Those are the dreams that keep me typing, writing scraps of ideas on scraps of paper, and pushing myself to do the umpteenth revision for my critique group.
And yet, hope can seem impossible, especially in a culture so obsessed with harsh realities and negativity.
So in the face of all the difficulties on the road to publication, how does a writer keep hope alive? [Read more…]