WOW: Murdered Ideas

Roddy Doyle: “Do change your mind. Good ideas are often murdered by better ones. I was working on a novel about a band called the Partitions. Then I decided to call them the Commitments.” What a metaphor! The quote came from a post, “10 Rules for Writing Fiction,” in the Guardian in the UK.

WOW: One is None

Geoff Dyer: “Have more than one idea on the go at any one time. If it’s a choice between writing a book and doing nothing I will always choose the latter. It’s only if I have an idea for two books that I choose one rather than the other. I ­always have to feel that

Fools!

Multiple rejections story: One of Sarah Jane Abbott’s most recent books had ten or eleven rejections before she accepted it, as an editor for Beach Lane Books. This INCLUDED things like a revise and resubmit from another house. Sarah Jane Abbott, when asked whether a knowing book was rejected before influences editors, said, “It just