The Writer’s Dream

America is the land of infinite opportunities. We can all be whatever we want to be, shape our own identity, pursue any career path, even create our own gods. Certainly there is a great deal of opportunity and possibility in America, but as a recent Chicago Tribune article suggests, it is not infinite. There can come a time when we need to give up on a dream–if only, in true American style, to pursue a different dream.

Emilie Le Beau gathered various experts to help answer questions such as:

*How long should you pursue a major in college if you consistently get C’s? (Answer: three semesters.)
*How long should you pursue a romantic interest if the other party has given you a clear no? (Answer: ninety seconds.)
*If a new job isn’t working out, how long should you stay before leaving? (Answer: one year.)
*How long should you pursue an acting career? (Answer: ten years.)

She also asks, How long should you try to get your novel published? To answer this she employs the services of literary agent Michael Larsen in San Francisco. His answers match what those in the industry already are aware of: “The reality is, agents and editors reject close to 100 percent of what they see. . . . Relatively few writers write full time.”

If, however, you have the internal fortitude to take an unending string of rejection slips, he (in true American style) goes on to say that he sees no problem with never giving up. Ah, the American spirit lives on!

Author: Andy Le Peau

I've been an editor and writer for over forty years. I am passionate about ideas and how we can express them clearly, beautifully, and persuasively. I love reading good books, talking about them, and recommending them. I thoroughly enjoy my family who help me continue on the path of a lifelong learner.

2 thoughts on “The Writer’s Dream”

  1. These questions immediately spawned a few more…

    How long do I have to keep eating a meal prepared by a friend which tastes absolutely awful?
    How long should I keep running when my calf hurts?
    How long should I abstain from running when it turns out I pulled my calf muscle?
    How many Oreos should be consumed at one sitting?
    How long should I keep reading a book I am not understanding even though it was highly recommended by a friend [who cannot cook very well]?

    enquiring minds want to know

  2. Rick

    I like the way you’re thinking. You’ve made me realize there’s many more important questions in need of attention. Such as:

    . How long should I stay at a boring party before making an exit?
    . How many times should I attempt making a soufflé without success?
    . How many scratches should I endure while trying to balance my cat on my head?
    . How long should I pretend that I actually understand why people like Facebook?


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