Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Defeating Discouragement

Since my last post, I've been writing. (Hooray)  I've also submitted some pieces to contests and magazines. (Applause)  Now, I am waiting and feel the ominous underbelly of gray clouds moving in overhead.  The loom of rejection makes the air thick. I dwell on "what ifs".

During these times, I am comforted by the joy I find in the journey of writing.  I suppose, published or not, a writer writes. We send our babies out into the world, come what may.

The good news is that becoming more comfortable with rejection means that there have been more submissions to reject, more experiences, more growth.  That's how I choose to think of it, anyway.


  1. Hear, hear. Your blog was straight from my heart. Rejection sucks, but has strengthened my resolve and writing each time. I look back on my first MS submitted and laugh (as I'm sure the agent did as well) at its incompletness.

  2. Thanks Rebecca, for letting me know I'm not alone in this journey.

  3. When it comes to rejection, do not let it make you crazy. Save the craziness for your three "monster kids."

  4. ...I'm sorry, did you say you were published? If so, that's incredible. Are you agented? Did you self-publish?
    Doldrums are commonplace, you just have to work (write) through them.
    My personal development book will be self-published through my own publishing company before the end of the year (hopefully). I have a blog www.characterhappens.blogspot.com
    Am certainly looking for "perfect strangers" to confide, critique, read, if interested. Do you know any others? I'm relative new at this. regards, --gg

  5. Great attitude, for sure! It's so easy to get discouraged, but if you keep going, that definitely helps prevent getting mired in the deep stuff.


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