“Underwear is definitely pants”


Dissecting the lies writers tell themselves, Alexander Chee offers sound advice on how to succeed — or at least succeed in being honest with oneself.

“Don’t sit there imagining disapproval instead of imagining your novel. Find out. Write it, get people to read it, send it out. And don’t just send it out five times. Rejection is perhaps the only thing writers work with more than language. Get used to it. Eat it for lunch, or maybe with lunch is better (rejection is not lunch, it’s true) and walk on.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →