Happy IWSG Day - Autumnal Blessings
I love this time of year and watching the landscape change colour. Yes, it also means its time to get the woolley hat out and polish the boots, but it's worth it. For me, autumn brings about new ideas and inspiration for my writing.
It was Autumn 2015 when I felt inspired to write an autumnal crime story. I entered it in a competition and was really proud of what I'd written. But after three years of rejections I expected another one - and I wasn't disappointed. However, I really believed in the story and turned it into a 20,000 word novella. It lived on my harddrive and was very happy there. Bless. But...
In summer this year, yes two years later, I received an email out of the blue from the editor of a woman's magazine asking if I remembered the competition entry from 2015!! Of course I did and I was thrilled to accept her offer to work on it and submit it as a four part serial. AND, I sold it!
The reason why I'm sharing this experience is to let people know that when things get tough, just keep going. The writing journey is ruthless but good things can happen, and it's important to hold onto that thought. Even more importantly, enjoy the process and take pride in your work.