A couple of inspirational links for writers this morning, whether published or determined-to-be.
Junot Diaz details his difficult years behind what would become a Pulitzer winner:
Literary couple Alice Sebold and Glen David Gold discuss the fear of success:
In case you're wondering why I find inspiration in these -- I've been working on this one very special book for three years, averaging a chapter a year. They are the best three chapters I've written in my life, ones I can truly reread and say "I've struck gold"; yet striking that gold has been more akin to panning for it a flake at a time. Maybe I'll knock out the remaining twenty chapters in another two decades. Yes, it involves gay romance; no, it probably wouldn't be considered M/M, although it's certainly informed by my work in that genre. I'll probably post about it again in another year or two, after I've finished chapter four...