I admit that I’ve been feeling down.
Sure, writers have to have thick skins. This business is full of rejections, and I’ve received plenty of them this past year. For the most part, I’ve dealt with them well. Shook them off or buried them deep or swept them aside and tried again and again and again to get a short story accepted or get an agent for a novel.
But it has weighed on me.
I wondered about my committment. I wondered if I was good enough. All the same feelings talked about in a million writers’ sites, workshops, retreats and books. I’d like to say I knew how to rise above the slush pile rejection pit and move on.
But no, I’ve stayed a bit long in the blues.
All It Takes is One Good Story.
Then I wrote a short story a few weeks ago and finalized it today. Born out of an idea I had simmering in my imagination.
I shared the good draft of it with my writing critique group. They had valid reactions and smart suggestions.
I rewrote it a few times.
Now it sounds good. Now it reads well.
Submission Sites Ahead.
Time to call up the short story submission sites again. Adapt the story’s format to match the guidelines and send it off.
Will it be accepted? Rejected?
I can’t think about that.
I’ve got to keep on running, oblivious of what may come.
“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.” ~Red Haircrow
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