Not too long ago, I was dissatisfied with my writing. It wouldn't have looked that way from the outside: I was an editor at a successful weekly newspaper, where I got to write pretty much whatever I wanted. I'd been published in The Wall Street Journal, more than once, and in magazines. I'd published essays, too.
But instead of focusing on what I had accomplished, I couldn't stop thinking about the things I hadn't done. I'd never published a short story. I'd never taken a novel far enough to seek publication.Read More