This year for the A-Z Challenge, I'm attempting to act like I know what I'm talking about and offering advice about writing. Let's see how I do!
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No, I’m not ordering all of you to submit to my will or anything like that. You needn’t worry. I’m merely suggesting that you take that frightening step of submitting your work.
A crucial part of becoming a published writer is enduring the submission process. This could mean submitting a short story to a magazine, submitting a manuscript to a publisher, sending a query letter to an agent, sending a proposal to a magazine for an article, etc. It’s terrifying because, once we submit something, receiving a rejection becomes a real possibility. We look at all the great writers we know, and we find their personal stories of rejection. When we look at the number of times our favorite writers have been rejected, we can choose one of two possible responses. We can say “If they were rejected, there’s no way I’m ever going to make it.” Or we can say “They persevered and it paid off, so I think I’ll do the same thing.”
Rejections can be badges of honor. They prove that we’ve taken the risk. We’ve put ourselves out there, and repeatedly submitting is the only way to get that rare and precious acceptance letter.
First of all, Michelle Wallace is featuring my novella Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family on her blog today. Be sure to stop by and have a look if you're so inclined.
It's been a busy week, and I'm exhausted. We visited some good friends earlier this week, and my kids enjoyed playing with their kids. Everyone had a great time.
My husband and I went out stargazing with our telescope the other night and took some great video of the moon. He edited it and it looks great. Here are a few still images taken from the video so you can get an idea of how everything looked.
What would you like to celebrate?