Day 15 of the 30 Day Writing Experiment.
I’m running out of steam.
Do I even want to be a writer?
I love the creating side of the business but hate the “business” side of the business. The Duotrope website has thousands of opportunities for submissions but when I open the tab, I don’t see opportunities for being published, I see thousands of opportunities for being rejected.
Perhaps my next experiment should be 30 days of rejections?
Have you thought about writing poetry?
Dear Zane –
What that be?
The Art of Being – by Zane Zeller
We all be,
Take heed or take heart. Of course you are a writer. And you know in your heart that you must want something bad enough in order to be successful. I’ve been told at various times in my life (not writing) that either love it or leave it. (These were various projects when I was younger).
Dear Yvonne. That’s what I’m trying to figure out. Do I love writing or do I hate it? No conclusions yet.
Weelll, time will tell but, I hope that you will continue to write.
Here’s what I know. 1. You’ve made me a better writer. 2. Whenever I repost one of your posts, either on my blog or on Twitter, it gets a positive reading/feedback. 3. I have an small trophy from the Writers Group for 400 rejections. Then I quit counting. After awhile, it doesn’t matter anymore. You just move on and quit counting.
You might look at the email I sent out re: Meadowlark Books seeking stories about Kansas. I’ll find it and forward to you. I began publishing in small local places and got better; sent out farther; got better. And I sent a Kansas piece (previously published is okay) to Meadowlark. You have some fine pieces about family and land, especially about clearing the land for that camper.
I don’t think the question is do I want to write. The question is do I have to write.
As always, Janet, you find the right thing to say. Thank you. And, thanks for sending me the links. I am seriously contemplating another 30 days of rejection loaded blog posts.
Keep writing! I’m enjoying reading something crazie each day.
Dear Kate, I appreciate your comment and glad to hear you enjoy my ramblings. You might want to get that feeling checked out though. LOL.
But with every rejection, you’re one closer to an acceptance!
LOL, Sally. Only you, with your ever-optimistic attitude could come up with that one. Thank you!
I have not submitted anything for publication yet, but I’m sure if I did, it would be rejected.
Dear Akaluv, They say the fear of rejections is actually a fear of success. I wish I knew who “they” were so they could explain that to me. I read your blog and it seems to me your work is very publishable. Hang in there and keep writing!
Thanks! I wish I had someone to explain that to me, too. I don’t know if my work is publishable, but I guess one day I will find out.
Reevaluation is a wise way to go. It’s a call to growth. You’re up to it! Just don’t let yourself get discouraged. Change your focus, perhaps, out of the process of reevaluation, but “get down on Teresa”? NEVER!!
Thanks, Peggy. Change of focus? Great idea!
You’re inspiring me! Family troubles and their concomitant emotions have made writing difficult for me for years now. But I still feel the tug. You’re giving me hope. (PS, I always found that many rejections gave me hope, particularly if they provided feedback I could use for corrections.) Keep going; I need you!
Thanks, LauraS. My childhood of Catholic guilt has kept me from disappointing anyone for fifteen days. I’m sure it will last another fifteen days – if not fifteen years!
you’re excellent at the creative side. i think with the rejection side there’s a point where we get rejected so many times it becomes absurd and once you reach the point of absurdity it will be great crazie town material. i’m proud of you for 15 days. 15 more!
Great reply. After a while, it does become absurd.
Well, Jessica, Crazie Town is certainly about the absurd so what’s a few rejections? More stories, that’s what. LOL.