Rejection is subjective.
Rejection is part of the craft of writing.
I’ve lost two contests and I’m going for my third.
My question is, how do I submit as if I haven’t been rejected? How do I write my best work without being afraid I’ll fail again?
The answer for me was going back to the beginning. To refresh my memory of why I am here and why I am doing such a silly thing like submitting at all.
The first book I read was Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.
Here’s a quote:
“The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story … to make him/her forget, whenever possible, that he/she is reading a story at all. The single-sentence paragraph more closely resembles talk than writing, and that’s good. Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction. If not so, why do so many couples who start the evening at dinner wind up in bed?”
I’ve not thought of myself as a seductress for a while now. But I’ve heard it’s like riding a bike. This round I think I’ll use my purple pen to polish my entry.
Wish me luck. I hope you beta readers are ready. I’m days away from sending it out.
Readers: What do you do when you need to find your writing magic?
There is that moment in every writer’s life when they need to submit their work. That day is coming up fast for me. It doesn’t seem to matter that I’ve submitted before or that I know what to do. I strive to make my work sparkle and still it might not win the SWiC16 Writing Contest.
The fact is, there are millions of awesome writers in the world today. With that in mind, I put my feet solidly on the ground and acknowledge the seed of doubt tromping around in the back of my mind.
To ease my doubt
Like with all my serious submissions, I lined up a handful beta readers and Yay! they did an awesome job: Pointed out the good, Got me taking a harder look at the areas I needed to improve, Asked all the right questions, And caught all my silly typos.
What most agreed on was my too-blunt ending. It left readers shocked, unsatisfied, and hanging with no place to go. Not good at all.
Act on feedback
I take all my feedback seriously. As the one to bring all these great minds together, I’d better sit up and pay attention when they tell me the truth about my work.
I wouldn’t have shared if I didn’t trust them. I wouldn’t have shared if I thought all they were going to do was rave. I shared for one simple reason to have some honest souls find the weak spots and point them out.
Back to submitting
I’ve done everything I can do to get ready including rewriting my ending. One last read and I’ll be hitting send on this most precious email.
What do you think
Anything specific you ask yourself before hitting send? This writer would love to hear about it before it’s too late. 😉
I’m all about my ears. Okay maybe not. I’m mostly all about my hearing. If I mishear a word, I spell it incorrectly. And I’m beginning to think some words will be misspelled for as long as I live. It’s awful. I’m constantly looking up words. Not just for spelling but for meaning.
Why look up a word for meaning?
Because I also mix up words that sound the same. I thought it was only me until I sniffed around. So here I go again sharing what I found.
A homophone is a word that has the same sound as another word but is spelled differently and has a different meaning:
My favorites are: to, two, and too.
The runners up are: there, their, and they’re.
My favorites and runners up are loved because I have them all sorted out, but there are words that I’ll never remember like:
Discrete and Discreet
Petal and Pedal
Leavers and levers
There’s a link of most (they claim all) English homophones below.
The worst thing about homophones is no spell-checker sees them as an error. Technically they are spelled correctly. So I rely on grammar checkers like my editor, proofreader, betas and any other kind soul brave enough to point out my mistake.
I don’t trust computerized grammar checkers completely and neither should you. (But that’s another post.)
Anybody else have issues that can’t be caught by a spell-checker? Let’s share so all of us can be a bit wiser. 🙂
Places I gleaned: