Today we’re going to talk about rejection. The rejection we heep on ourselves that is. Not from readers, or agents, or publishers, but ourselves.
If you’re hearing yourself say, “Well, I can’t do that…”, or “I’m not good enough for this…”
As a writer, we have to live in constant hope. Hope that our stories matter to someone other than ourselves. Hope that we’ll put the right words together to create that story that will impact people positively. And the hope that we can keep on writing.
We need to use that hope as a shield, as an armor for the battle of necessary rejection for our stories to find the right format, agent, publisher, and finally, reader.
Therefore, we cannot wallow in our own self-rejection, which chips away at that armor of hope.
Now, that said, moments of self-doubt are part of the creative cycle. They are there to push us, however, to do our best. Not to make us stop.
So don’t stop. Today, be hopeful in your intention as you write. Give positive energy to your editing. Smile as you hit send for that 50th agent query. Rest easy in the knowledge that it will all happen, step by step.
And now your moment of Writing Zen:
“When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval. Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret.”
― Shannon L. Alder
TIMEOUTS FOR YOUR WRITING THIS WEEK:
Tonight! (March 30) LIttle Si Cafe, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. North Bend
Friday (April 1) The Black Dog Arts Cafe, 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon, Snoqualmie
What did you Write today?
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