Sebastian Hetman

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About Sebastian Hetman

According to one popular rule, putting ten thousand hours of practice into a skill can turn anyone into a world-class expert. I want to put ten thousand hours into writing, and see what happens.

Since telling stories is what I do, allow me to tell you mine.

Sometime in 2013, I decided I wanted to be a writer, not understanding that writing is something you do, not somebody you are. Oh, and English used to be my second language. But, as I told myself, I could mend that gap with a bit of hard work and practice. I would write short stories and see how it goes. It hadn't gone. Three years and fifty rejection letters later I was still unpublished. It drove me nuts.

I did everything I could to catch up. I signed up for training courses, participated in workshops, I read and re-read every book about writing and storytelling and style I could lay my hands on. And that's on top of keeping up with the latest releases. I got heavily involved in online manuscript exchanges and ended up working with more than a hundred writers. Somewhere along the way, I met people who were more generous with their time and attention than I believed possible. These few kind souls helped me develop as a writer.

Slowly but surely, the stream of form rejections turned into personal rejections and finally into that first sale I kept dreaming about. Ha! A month later the magazine closed before my story saw print. And you know what? It didn't matter anymore. I knew I could do it. Here's what mattered instead:

I call it my Tetris of Tears. Each cell represents a day in my life. Each number the amount of writing I did that day, measured in Pomodoros (25-minute intervals of focused work). Everything's in there. The good times and the bad. My day job and the holidays we took. My wife's chemotherapy. Days out with my friends, and even one or two mothers of all hangovers. All summed up by one word: life. 

The kindness I received from strangers still humbles me; so I try to pay it forward by helping other writers. You see, somewhere along the way, the writers I exchanged manuscripts with came back for more. They seemed convinced the advice I gave them helped them get published. Bloody amusing, considering I just got un-published. But here they were, returning with each new manuscript they wrote. I became their editor.

On the writing front, I didn't have to wait long for my second sale. And the next. In fact, I sold all of my latest stories. So I took the next step and began working on a book; a novel set in the strange realm of Slavic mythology where people have two souls and the stars in the night sky are just cracks in a giant dome that protects life from the primeval fire of creation still burning high above. Fascinating stuff.

After six years of hard work, I'm finally bridging the gap between a passion and a profession.

We can help each other. 


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