I post on the first Wednesday of every month as a member of the Insecure Writers’ Support Group. The group was set up by Alex J. Cavanaugh to bring together writers to offer each other support. Pop along to the website to find out more.
This week has been a tough one. I’ve had two rejections in two days, which is not a pleasant experience. As writers we get used to knock backs, but that doesn’t mean we ever get used to that sinking feeling in your stomach when something hasn’t worked, yet again.
For me, this feels like yet another thing that points to my writing being not good enough.
So, I could give up and do one of the other activities I wish I did more of – running, learning Spanish, or dressmaking. But none of these makes me one bit as happy as writing does.
That’s why I won’t be giving up. I love writing too much to just fall at the next hurdle. In the coming weeks I’ll be thinking about what my next steps are. Do I just keep blindly writing, never sure if I’m doing it right? Or do I pull myself together and get some professional critique so I can find out what’s wrong with my writing and how to make it better?
I’m not too sure of the answer yet – there are a lot of considerations for both suggestions – but I certainly won’t be resting on my laurels. I’m just not that kind of person.
Reading is so subjective that some people may like your work, others may not. My plan, therefore is to, as Mel Sherratt would say, ‘Keep on keeping on’ – you never know when it’s going to be your turn!