Waiting for "The Call"

“Honey, it’s always crap. Every book I write is crap. It’s my job to fix the crap afterwards,” according to Nora Roberts. Well, I've got it half right. Still working on the "fixing it" part. "Trust your characters to be complex enough and to have enough emotional baggage. Force them to make hard choices." Advice from Michelle Styles that might help!

Rejection First Aid Kit January 28, 2011

Filed under: Writing and Life — Autumn Macarthur @ 11:38 pm
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The lovely Shannon McKelden, aka The Happy Writer, has put together a free e-book on dealing constructively with rejection. Just sign up for her newsletter here.

Here’s a taster-

The most important phase of rejection is the recovery phase. It’s your choice whether you recover or not. Whether you pick yourself up and plunk yourself in front of that computer again or whether you wallow in self-pity and never write another word.

To survive rejection, it’s in your best interest to develop a thick skin. And the only way to build a callus, to toughen up, is to take
chances, put yourself out there, and accept the risk of rejection by submitting. Remember… rejection is never fatal. Make the choice
to use rejection to become a better, more professional writer.

Finally, remember to apply CPR to your rejections:
C – Collect your thoughts, Check your ego, Celebrate (you’re a real writer!)
P – Prepare to get rejections, be a Professional, watch for Patterns, stay Positive
R – Research, React in a positive manner, remain Realistic, Recover!

Her blog is well worth a visit.

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2 Responses to “Rejection First Aid Kit”

  1. Janet Says:

    Thanks Jane. I’ll visit her blog–you always find such good places to visit.
    Here’s a blog you might like–if you haven’t already seen it–some great writing articles in the archives.
    http://www.plottopunctuation.com/blog (click on ‘blog’ at top of page)

    And this http://paularoe.wordpress.com/ Choose writing from the ‘stuff I talk about’ menu. down the right hand side.
    Some great articles there and a book in 3 months series of articles.

    Yes, I’m procrastinating :)

  2. waitingforthecall Says:

    Thanks for the excellent links, Janet.

    Hope you are writing or revising or doing whatever you need to be doing to move the story forward today!


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