Perseverance and Perspective
Following my September recipe, a fellow blogger and short story writer, Wendy Clarke, reminded me of an important ingredient necessary for writers: perseverence.
The definition of perseverance according to my trusted Oxford English Dictionary is: continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success.
Wendy’s comment came just at the right time as I had received another rejection for a short story. It is always a bitter pill to swallow. We’ve all experienced it. The feeling of that sharp blade entering one’s vital organ. The day we don’t put pen to paper because we think we can’t write. So how do we cope with the knock backs?
I usually phone my mom or my daughter who have patience with me during my doom and gloom moments. They are incredible women and always manage to drag me out of the pit of self-pity. It doesn’t usually take very long once I’ve ranted for a few minutes. I bounce pretty well.
I also have a moan via email with my writing friend but I didn’t press SEND this time. The word PERSPECTIVE stopped me. Lately, life has dealt her a much more difficult hand of cards to deal with than a simple rejection. A rejection isn’t threatening, it’s not a personal attack and it won’t affect life in general. It is what it is: a few words stating this time the story didn’t make the cut.
All in all, I have had a successful September and am looking forward to enjoying another month filled with writing. I’m particularly excited to be interviewing author Karen Walker about her new novel, The Wishing Steps. This will take place 14th October, so please do come along and meet Karen.
How do you deal with rejection? Did you have a successful September? What are your October goals?