I’ve been depressed this week.
Recently, several rejection-slips landed in my inbox, each for different stories of mine.
All of ’em deserved to be rejected. Once I read the editors’ feedback, it was very clear they all lacked a good story.
I’ve moped around ever since.
My big goal this month was to finish a novelette I had started earlier this summer. It is a sci-fi story set in the near future. The concept of this tale fits well with today’s Wikileaks misadventures and all the shenanigans of our beloved National Security Agency. Mind you, the ideas are not new and I developed them over the past two years. Governments have long been treading on our collective rights. That’s nothing new. But I had really thought it was a good story and that I’d have something, not only well written, but popular, too.
But those rejection-slips burst my shiny, delusional bubble.
Soon after, I asked myself (not the first time), “Why am I doing this?”
I concluded I should just quit this whole writing hobby. It is just not for me. I’ll never get it. There are infinitely better writers out there (that I love!) and I should just be happy enjoying their stories. My own can fester within me.
Ug, but I have this anthology to finish (almost there!) and I did say I would get through Emma Coats’ 22 Pixar’s Storytelling Rules. Bah! As if reviewing those rules are ever gonna improve my writing. (sigh)
Ah, well, I said I would do it. Let’s see what’s next…
No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.
The irony (oh, sweet, bitter irony) is that I’ve rejected several works this summer and (more or less) passed on this same advice to the unlucky authors. If only I could heed it as well as I dish it out. 😉
Until next time, dear readers, no matter how big the rejection pile gets – keep writing. If it is just not right at the moment, you’ll improve the tale in the future or it could become the seed for a whole new story-world.
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