What I’ve (re)learned...
I’m a writer, and a pretty good one (according to my own standards). We have to believe that about ourselves or just maybe we’re in the wrong profession.
Anyway, where am I going with this… Here’s where: In between editing my novel I decided I’d try my hand at writing for a magazine that has often come in the post. As you can see from the title, epic fail.
It’s not like submitting to a magazine’s my first rodeo but the “good writer” thought winging it would suffice. Boy, was I wrong. It’s almost laughable now that I’m over the rejection.
So, here they are:
Study. Yep. Poor lil ol’ me had to relearn the hard way. Flicking through the mag and skimming a few articles just isn’t enough. I’ve been humbled.
Query. Haha. I know, I know, I only have myself to blame. Nothing like writing the whole piece and receiving a generated email rejection. Oops!
The negative is that first impressions count but the positive is, “if at first you don’t succeed try, try again” but start on the right foot, by doing the necessary legwork.
(Ego bruised but it’s not the end of writing.)
I had big plans for this year because I really thought editing was going to be straightforward. Boy, was I wrong.
I’m still editing, of course. I’m halfway through, but on the plus side I’m enjoying the story. And, maybe a little too much, sometimes. Hee hee.
One thing I’ve noticed along the way, is that even when I finish editing, I still have to go back and edit again. So, my work is not done.
How many times do you (propose to) edit?
How many agent/publisher rejections is too many? And, when does, ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ fall short?
I’m not sure I have the resilience needed for those letters, emails or no replies but fully expect that I’d have to dig deep to rise above them.
Let’s not forget famous authors have been through it. From Sylvia Plath, to JK Rowling, to Stephen King. Now, I’m sure they’re laughing all the way to the bank.
There are so many more who bare the rejection scars. We only have to do a quick Google search if ever we feel stuck in a rut and need that extra motivation. I’ll be sure to check them out when I need that push upwards.
Right, now it’s back to work for me. My novel sure isn’t going to edit itself.
What child didn’t enjoy reading or being read to?
There are a few books I still remember reading as a child. Here’s a list of ten (in no particular order):
- Mama, Sugar Falling Down by Trish Cooke
- Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
- Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
- Roger Red-hat by Sheila McCullagh
- Funnybones by Allen Ahlberg
- The Cat in the Hat by Dr . Seuss
- Avocado Baby by John Burningham
- Not Now, Bernard by David McKee
- The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allen Ahlberg
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
What books do you have fond memories of?
I have realized that editing everyday isn’t possible right now. So, I’ve combat that by making sure I take advantage of every single chance I get. It’s less pressure and more productive because when the chance comes around, even if it’s ten minutes, I make sure I put everything into it.
Yes, it’s taking a lot longer than I imagined but slow progress is still progress, and the way I see it is I’m doing, not getting in rut because things aren’t going my way.
How are you making things work for you?
Would you be a ghostwriter or have someone ghost write for you?
I started to think about this after looking up one of my favorite childhood authors, Virginia Andrews. Her storylines are unforgettable. So, when I came across her ghostwriter (mind you, he wasn’t enlisted until after she passed away, to keep her legacy going), I immediately wondered if I could ghost write or have someone ghost write for me.
I guess it doesn’t matter so much if I’ve already got my work out there but I couldn’t imagine living my life with no work of my own. I’m not sure I could do that. And maybe it’s because having a published novel is important to me.
So, would you be a ghostwriter or have someone ghost write for you?
Who me? Surely not. But who am I kidding? I think I’ve got the bug. Yep, and the big one that rips right through your stomach.
Nice Writer Syndrome, for those who don’t know, is when a Writer does not want to be mean to their well-loved character. But isn’t great writing about conflict? That’s the point. So, why do I have a hard time doing this to my main character? I think it’s because I want them to have an easy life and be likeable (to the detriment of my story).
So, now that I realize this, I’m going to work extra hard at throwing conflict my main character’s way and make them work through it. That way I won’t have a cardboard cut out character (something my tutor pointed out in times past, but now I get it). I’m paying extra attention in my editing too, to make sure my story is all that it can be.
Happy writing and editing! 😊