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To Send or Not to Send?

I managed to talk myself up into this one. I wrote the chapter and edited like a mad-woman who may be allergic to a misplaced comma. The story-line was set, the characters were strong, and everything was formatted just how it needed to go. Finally it was time to send it off, and moving my pointer to the send I found I simply could not. What could possibly be wrong? I went over the chapter again and again. What’s wrong is that the “could happen” after “Send” is pressed may also turn into a rejection (or worse, being ignored).

I know that I am not the only writer to have trouble hitting the “send” button. Great writing requires a certain vulnerability. That being said, rejections can be taken personally. I have since come to terms with this knowledge and when hitting the “send”, I remind myself that this isn’t the end, but the beginning. Truthfully, rejection can be a good thing sometimes. It can show you areas where you need to grow and to strengthen your writing. Rejections should not be personal attacks, but a chance to better yourself.

Even when you doubt, hit the send button. Let it out. If you’re accepted, awesome! Way to go for the dream! If you’re rejected, don’t quit! This is a chance to improve and to become better. Success belongs to those who don’t quit. Close isn’t close enough. Don’t fall into the trap of, “at least I tried”. Go for the goal! Hit send!

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Write a Novel in a Year

I decided today that of any goal I can make, I can say that I can write a novel this year. My goal is to write a page a day. This is something that is do-able and that I know I will be able to stick to. One page is not extremely daunting even given my work load and school work. In addition, I know that many of those days I will easily write more than a page. The point is to write something every day. By the end of 2013, I will have written and edited a novel. Depending on how things go, this may turn into two novels.

How many of you have similar goals? If you wrote one book this year, what would it be about?

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Writing – Wild & Wonderful

Writing is like a road trip!

When you first start out, you are so excited for the destination that even the 11 hour drive you have a head of you does not seem too daunting. All you can think about is the sun, the sand, the beach, the ocean view – you get the picture.

In all the excitement you forget a few things such as:

  • rest stops
  • filling up the gas tank
  • your butt falling asleep from sitting down for so long.

You know, just those few minor details (and probably some more)

 

 

Sometimes when I’m writing, it feels like the drive through West Virginia.

Stay with me here. I promise I’m not crazy — well, no more than the other writers out there.

I took a trip to Emerald Isle a few years back and it was amazing! It was well-worth the stops and my butt falling asleep. But it took about 7 of those 11+ hours to get through West Virginia…in light of that I edited their sign to say “You are still in West Virginia”

This is much like the writing process. When you first start out, you are so excited that the time and all the other “minor details” of this adventure hardly daunt you. However, after a little while you start to feel like you aren’t really getting anywhere. You are still in the same place as you’ve been for hours (or days, or months…). You are still in West Virginia.

It seems like and endless journey – but I promise it can still be wild and wonderful and if you keep moving forward, you will reach your destination and when you get there, you will feel something like this:

Welcome to FINALLY! You deserve it.

There will be stops along the way. You will need a few rest stops and if you keep at it, your butt could get a bit numb from sitting for so long. Then there will be those stops to where you re-fill and revive and when you get your butt back in the seat you find yourself back on track with a bit more excitement. It can be a long road, but it is well worth it and very rewarding.

Where are you on your writing/publishing journey?

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