Sunday, June 19, 2011
Writing Journal: Now I am Officially a Writer
Well, I knew it was going to happen eventually. It's virtually impossible to be a writer and NOT have it happen.
But knowing its going to happen doesn't always make it easy when it does.
I received my first story rejection...
Well, technically, I'd been turned down before on my 50-word story over at the 50-Word Story blog, so I guess that was really my first rejection. But this seemed, somehow, more "real". It was for a story that I'd spent quite a bit of time writing and honing, and so I think I had more emotional investment in this piece.
My flash-fiction story "Waiting Backstage," the first piece of writing I ever actually submitted, was rejected by Every Day Fiction. It was a positive that it even made it out of the slush pile and referred to the editors, and the rejection was a personal rejection, not just a form rejection, so that's another positive.
Plus, the rejection had feedback and comments from three of the staff at EDF, and there were many positive things said about me and the story, most notably "I'd like to see more from this author." Several of the comments suggested ways to improve the story, and they were truthfully spot-on. Overall, they were fair, very positive, and extremely helpful on how I might make the story better, and I have to admit that I agree with them on what were some weak points of the story.
So, in many ways, it was a positive experience.
But it was still a rejection.
I'll edit and tweak the story to make it better incorporating the feedback from EDF, and then throw it back into the submissions pool at another venue. And I'll also keep writing and submitting other work to Every Day Fiction (in fact, there's another story of mine over there currently in the slush pile).
So the rejection isn't the end of the world. It's just part and parcel of being a writer, right?
I expect I'll get more, so I'd better get used to them.
But it still kinda bites...