"But there’s a more sobering take-home for me: our success is, partly, out of our hands. We do our best, and sometimes we still can’t quite write the way we want to. Or we (more or less) succeed at that part and just can’t get stuff published in the best magazines because we don’t know the right people, or our stuff reaches exactly the readers who (for their peculiar, idiosyncratic reasons) are not very open to our particular style, or maybe our writing is amazing but in a style that’s no longer fashionable—or that isn’t fashionable yet.
So, what can you do with that? Well, first of all, you just keep hammering away, working on your stuff and shooting it out into the world pretty much relentlessly. The more you write and the more you send it out, the better the odds are that someday you’ll be the person recommending that writers only work under full moons or in basements or only write about cousins or without dialogue or whatever it is. We still can’t control those odds, but we hammer away. And I’m starting to think that, in the meantime, we should listen to the wisdom of famous writers with a lot of skepticism." --David Ebenbach