“Look around your current writing workshop. Look right and left. Most of those people will stop writing. Because it’s too hard, they have no ideas, no one understands them, whatever. A few of those failed people will become editors. These are the only people in the room who should ever really matter to you. Writers need editors like tapeworms need moist intestines to live inside.”
Pairs well with yesterday’s cheering op-ed in the NYT from Scott Turow, “The Slow Death of the American Author.”
Also, you might want to think twice about that PhD in English lit.