So I’ve been focused on writing over the past two weeks. Which means I’m sure I’ve missed heaps of your blogs and that makes me little sad. I’m allowing myself one night a week to catch up on blog reading and the rest of the time I have allocated to writing or study.
I received an email recently that said ‘After careful consideration, I have decided to pass on your story.’ This statement had me baffled for three weeks but I didn’t want to reply and ask what the editor meant. So the only other thing I could think of to do, was to submit another story. The following day I received an email saying, ‘Congratulations, your story has been accepted.’ I guess they didn’t like the first one and actually meant ‘I’m passing on it’ not ‘passing it on.’
Have you ever received something in writing that could be taken a couple of ways?
I have re-ignited my passion for writing picture books. I thought it was a market that I wouldn’t be able to break in to so I gave up before I really started and focused on other genres. Over the last 2 weeks I’ve join in with the twitter chat #pblitchat It’s everything picture book and heaps of fun. I have had two publishers show interest in two different picture books I’ve written so perhaps I can break into the very competitive market.
Do you ever give up before you start? Do you think its insecurity or lack of confidence that makes you give up?
I know my new routine is worth while, even though I do miss reading all of your blogs. I now have 18 pieces of writing out there waiting in somebody’s in tray. So I wait…. And while I wait for a response I am working on a novel, a picture book, a kids series and I like to add in a little poetry writing in between.
What do you have to say no to, so that you can meet your writing or other life goals?