Monday, May 23, 2011

The Slog

A few days ago, I read an article about rocker Tom Petty's thoughts on popular shows like American Idol. He wondered whether the winners "might actually be missing out on the most valuable industry training of all — the slog." [Fox News]

What's the slog? "...all the training you get while you work your way up."

Hmmmm...well, I think this insightful assessment holds as much relevance for writers as it does for singers.

"We're into instant gratification," Petty said. "They want to be stars right away."

Don't we want to be stars right away, too? Don't we complain when the rejections start piling up? And yet, don't we also get better and better as we overcome obstacles and keep going?

Yes! Maybe instead of resisting it, we should be embracing the slog and trying to get the most out of this golden training opportunity.

And so, my new blog gets a name. And it rhymes. Somehow, everything always does.

Thanks, Tom.

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