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.

I hope you enjoy reading my posts and will visit again soon.

Happy Writing

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

Sunday, 10 May 2015

The Good Game

The thing with writing is that it is subjective. Not everyone likes to read the same things. What passes for good writing in the opinion of one person may not necessarily be so for someone else -  and that's a good thing. Just think about how boring the world would be if we all did and liked the same things.

With this in mind, the thorny subject of rejection doesn't seem so bad does it? So what if an editor didn't like your latest (or past six) article pitches? So what if  every short story so far has been returned with a big fat 'no thanks' on it? In the grand scheme of things it really does not matter.

What matters is that you pick yourself up, learn from rejection, move on keep writing and subbing because you never know if your next pitch or story will be the one they say yes to. It's important to get some perspective in our writing lives and not be put off just because we haven't hit the target yet and given an editor what they want. It's not a not now and never darken my doorstep again but a not yet but keep trying. So keep trying we must!

My approach to rejection is this:

1. Sigh
2. Put the rejected piece away for a couple of days while I focus on another piece of work - ideally one I've been commissioned to write so I remind myself that I can, have and am doing it!
3. Get the rejected piece out and look for any comments as to why it wasn't what they wanted.
4. If there are comments, I act on them. If there aren't comments I read through the piece and try and
work out what, if anything, I did wrong. (Remember that work gets rejected for any number of reasons and it might not be the quality of your work that is the problem).
5. Rewrite, edit, leave it a few days, do a final edit and then send it elsewhere.
6. Continue with my other writing projects while I;m waiting to hear back on the revised work re subbed elsewhere.

Writing is a difficult game to play but it's useless to compare yourself to other writers because we are all different and we all bring different things to the table. You just have to keep an eye on your own game plan and be determined to improve your own writing, never mind what anyone else is doing.

Happy writing!

Julie x

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