Talentless Hack or World Famous?

Just received an email from my friend Eileen McLean and it’s one of those forwarded on thingies but it gave me much inspiration to believe that rejections do not necessarily equal poor quality writing.

 joshua-bellThe story goes that the Washington Post organised for world-class Joshua Bell (a violinist) to busk for one hour in the Metro station in busy rush hour to see what would happen. (His current performances were selling for $100 a ticket.)

In summary six people stopped to listen for a while. Twenty gave him money and kept walking. And he made $32. He played a very difficult piece of music on a violin worth $3 million.

What can we learn from this as writers? Maybe that good writing will not always sell. Maybe that our precious writing in the wrong hands will not lead to ‘success’ as it is commonly defined. Maybe that really busy people (such as editors) don’t have time to stop and find the diamonds in the rough. Maybe that talent is only perception. Maybe that we can only see greatness when others around us see it first. Maybe.

(P.s. comma key still not working…)


2 comments on “Talentless Hack or World Famous?

  1. chrisbongers says:

    And maybe, like JK Rowling, we need to believe in ourselves and take those fourteen rejection slips on the chin, because we know that the fifteenth publisher, the one we’ve been waiting for, has been waiting for us too. Keep your chin up Jo and keep on writing and believing. xx

  2. Thanks for that story Jo, gives us hope. My comma key is still working but my h key keeps falling off – twinlings have been at my laptop again.

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