To address the anonymous post about painters vs. writers: One key difference is that paintings can be seen without purchase. In art school, I was basically taught to make art and not worry about sales. Resume, sure. Sales, pfft! Just keep painting. But as a writer, your work isn't "seen" publicly unless it's published and subsequently bought. (red emphasis is from MS)
And I heart Miss Snark, too. Can we get bumper stikers that say that?
ahhhh. Are you saying my "writing" isn't seen? I beg to differ. There's a clicker on the bottom of the log that shows just how seen it is.
There are lots of ways for people to see your writing that does not involve being published, or an agent. Far be it from me to tell anyone that writing a blog is useless; it's one of the things I get a huge kick out of. And there are all sorts of ways to write starting with newsletters in groups you belong to, Amazon reviews on books you read, and the comments column of this very blog.
Being published is a worthy goal. My point is that if you don't reach that goal, you haven't wasted your time. And I'm never going to suggest you give up. I have clients right now, on my list this very second, who took YEARS of editing suggestions and finally got something I can take a run at the market with.
I like the bumper sticker idea!!! I wonder if the MTA will let me put it on the train?