Thursday, May 29, 2008


I came across this quote by Neil Gaiman:

"It does help, to be a writer, to have the sort of
crazed ego that doesn't allow for failure. The best reaction to a rejection slip is a sort of wild-eyed madness, an evil grin, and sitting yourself in front of the keyboard muttering 'Okay, you bastards. Try rejecting this!' and then writing something so unbelievably brilliant that all other writers will disembowel themselves with their pens upon reading it, because there's nothing left to write. Because the rejection slips will arrive. And, if the books are published, then you can pretty much guarantee that bad reviews will be as well. And you'll need to learn how to shrug and keep going. Or you stop, and get a real job."

This should be every writer's prayer. Writers want people to read what they have to say. They even want their writing to influence how people perceive the world around them. So it's no wonder that writers (and other creative professionals for that matter) take a lot of pride in what they do.

Personally, I must say this quote summarizes exactly how I feel after writing a good post or article. The overinflated ego, the feeling that this is the most brilliant piece of writing ever and even the evil grin! Hell, if I could afford a thunder/lightning machine, I'd install one at my place and turn it on right after posting/publishing anything and hiss:


Jade said...

Have you considered writing something with a greater reach than your blog & articles?

A lot of bloggers are getting their works published into books in Egypt nowadays... & I've read some reviews about how the "Poison Tree" & "Female" really made it within the English speaking youthful Egypt...

Feshfesh said...

Well yeah, been working on a "project" for the last what 7 months.... and it's looking very interesting, doing it jointly with another person. We'll see how it goes, but as you can see I was preping myself for the 'rejection slip' :D

Nora said...

Well.. if and when you get published... The thunder and lightening machine is on me!

(if you know what I mean...)

Feshfesh said...

Nora, you are one sick puppy... IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

(We're in THE ZONE! :D)

Nora said...


I will sit by the phone and wait for the call from Whose line is it anyway?

I know they want us!
(If you know what I mean!!)