Julie's Quest

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of writing, where we celebrate successes and commiserate our near misses. We tell it like it is here and will do our very best to help you on the road to being published and pick you up after the rejections (they will come!) Whether you are a professional or amateur writer you will find something useful here.

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Happy Writing

Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Friday, 22 November 2013

Well Oiled Machine

Writing short stories needs a well oiled machine. You have to keep your writing parts moving, otherwise they'll be in danger of seizing up. It takes a lot of practise and that means a lot of writing to get your writing up to the standard that the womags insist upon and that means a lot of rejections and near misses too. But that is all part of the job.

In any job there is good and bad things that people have to do, but what we have to do is roll with the punches and get up on our feet and try, try, try again. Keep your machine in good working order, service it regularly, give it the right amount of fuel, and lavish attention on it and it will see you right.

But let your machine go, write sporadically, don't nurture it and give up after the first 50 rejections and you won't be writing to your full potential - your writing will suffer for it. So, take a look at your writing machine. How's it bearing up under the strain? Where are its weaknesses, it's strengths? What do you need to do to get it back up to speed?

Giving some thought to your writing machine now and taking steps to spruce it up will pay in the end. It takes a lot of effort to keep your writing machine running along smoothly, but it's a lot more hassle if you let things slide - so much more difficult to kick it all off again and back on track.

So happy oiling!

Julie xx


Carole Anne Carr said...

Couldn't agree more, but my machine keeps cranking to a stop due to husband's illnesses, still I keep plodding on. Good luck with all your writing, Julie.

Julie P said...

I hope Roy feels better soon - very stressful and worrying for you both. I know exactly what you mean about when the machine cranks to a stop. Little and often - just to keep your hand in I find works well. Sometimes works well to take your mind off things for a while. Julie xx