Sunday, 17 September 2017

Successfully Failing

Writing is a tough business. Many overnight successes have been working hard at it for years, sometimes even decades.

Rejection is hard to take. However, I haven't been rejected recently. This isn't a good thing.

You see, to be rejected, you need to be sending work out into the world. I have had one success, which in all honesty wasn't down to hard work. It was down to a character pestering me to write about her. So I did. That piece of flash fiction is being published in an Anthology. (Get your copy here)


But I haven't been rejected in a long, long time. Because quite simply, I haven't been producing the work enough.

Now the kids are back at school, it can be a fresh start for me. My youngest is in school full time now, leaving me with 6 hours a day to write. I will build up slowly. I won't expect much from myself. But I will set goals. And maybe, just maybe, I will be rejected by Christmas.

Of course, I don't want my work to be rejected. I want everything I write to be accepted, published and paid for, but despite what you may have heard, I am totally insane! I know I will be rejected, and I hope I have the intelligence to learn from my mistakes.


But the only way to make it in this crazy writing world is to write. Because that is, after all, what writers do.


2 comments:

  1. Good luck with your plans Ingrid!

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  2. Funny. I think writing may be the only profession that asks for (and perhaps, desires) rejection.

    Commenting as part of my challenge: rebekahdevall.wordpress.com/challenge/

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