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The Fine Art of Never Giving Up
So you’ve written a story (or ten) and received a rejection (or a hundred). What now? Do you hide under the covers with a pint of your favorite ice cream? Burn the manuscript(s) and swear off writing forever? What exactly does a writer do in the face of watching her/his dream fall flat, sometimes repeatedly?
Whether it’s your first attempt or your twentieth, I think the answer to that question depends not just on your level of determination, but on your ability to learn from your experience, improve, and move on. Let’s face it, if you’ve sent the same manuscript to twenty publishers/agents and you’ve received the same comments (or worse, the same form rejection) from all of them, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your approach, your story, or both. Because sometimes not giving up means moving away from simple stubbornness to a willingness to try another path.
No matter how much you love your story or your characters, publication depends on how much others like them, specifically editors. If you’re getting feedback in the form of any kind of personal comments on your rejections, pay attention. Remember that editors have (usually) been at this for longer than you have, and even if you don’t agree with their comments, they’re the ones you’re trying to reach at this stage.
Also be aware that repeated revisions to the same story might not be the answer. Be honest with yourself about your story. If the plot is critically flawed or you just can’t come up with a believable conflict for your characters, maybe it’s time to let go and move on to something fresh. If you don’t already belong to a critique group, join one – and listen to their comments. Take a class that focuses on an area you think you’re weak in, or pick up a book on the topic and actually do the exercises.
Above all, keep writing. Whether or not this manuscript is the one that catches an editor’s eye, it can and will teach you something more about writing…if you let it.
Gwyn Jacobs doesn’t believe in happy-ever-after.
Ever since her ex-husband walked out four years ago, abandoning her with a toddler and infant twins, Gwyn has been mother, father, and bread-winner all rolled into one. Her own scarred heart and failed marriage aside, she is determined not to open up her children’s lives to the possibility of another heartbreak...until her very own fairy tale falls into her lap -- and the hero won’t take no for an answer!