Wednesday, 2 January 2013

It's going well so far ...

I haven't had a single reject this year and I have plenty of stuff out there which could be accepted at any minute. (And I'm included in the Best Of Cafelit 2012)

Hmmm, bit of an optimistic start for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post, isn't it? Well, I have a theory - that writers are all secretly optimistic (at least some of the time.)

When an idea occurs to us, we think that just maybe it'll make a good story, poem, play or whatever. We start writing, believing perhaps we can transform the random idea into a finished piece. We rewrite, edit and polish, hopeful our efforts will be worth reading. Then we (sometimes) get up the nerve to send it out. When we do that, some part of us believes there's a chance someone will think it's worth publishing on their site, in their magazine, turning into a book or a play. They might even pay us, or declare us the winner of their competition.

Of course our work might get rejected. Rejection is more common than acceptance for most of us. But then we'll get another idea and off we go again.

How are you feeling about your writing in 2013? Is there any optimism lurking beneath the doubts?

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  1. You know what? I haven't been rejected once this year either. Hurray! Hurray! Although two of my stories had a deadline for 31 Dec. Always look on the bright side of life, as Monty Python said.

    And one of my stories is in CafeLit 2012 ebook too.

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    1. Yay for no rejects yet - and for the inclusion in the Cafe Lit collection. Looking on the bright side is a good plan.

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  2. Congratz on an awesome year, hope 2013 is just as good :)

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  3. I think all writers are secretly optimistic beneath their insecurities. Otherwise, how could we keep writing?

    Happy New Year! May 2013 continue for you as nicely as it has begun. ;)

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  4. Oh what a great start for you 2013 (best of Cafelit!!)! Well done you!! Here's to a most positively optimistic writerly 2013! Take care
    x

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  5. I read a short, short of yours on CafeLit site this morning which was very cever. Well done with your selection in their book and I look forward to reading it.
    I have an opening idea for a story or novel which came to me just as I was waking up. I scribbled it down and have been playing around with it a bit this morning as I added it to a file I keep on my computer.
    The file is full of ideas and descripitions which I read through if I get stuck or writer's block.


    I've been lucky so far this year too.

    I have a strong feeling that 2013 is going to be a great year for me if I can stay focused on my novel. I just completed re-mapping and have finished seven chapters of the rewriting so hopeful I can send off the opening chapters soon to the agent who asked me to send them to her back in Novemeber 2012. So fingers-crossed ... Just the thought of send it off makes me feel sick ... & nervous ... Think Positive Thoughts :-)

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    1. That's so exciting, Paula. I'm thinking loads of positive stuff for you!

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  6. Having had a good start with my writing last year, I am feeling pretty optimistic for this year - especially having just seen my first story published in People's Friend Winter Special today along with a lovely illustration.

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    1. Well done for the PF publication (I've never had any luck with them.) Hope it's the first of many.

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  7. The optimism has to outway the doubt, or we'd just give up! It's a new day, a new year, and I'm feeling pretty good about it. :)

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    1. I hope it's a wonderful year for you, Rachel.

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  8. The only thing I've had this year are acceptances. Wheee!

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  9. I just read a great blog piece, with the quote "Writers are a fascinating mix of insecurity and ego." I think, for me, I'd add obstinate in there too - I've come too far to give up now ;) But whatever our reasons, I think we just have to plod on.
    I'm off to check out Cafelit!

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    1. I agree that obstinacy is usually somewhere in the mix, Pauline. I know I've got a fair dose of that.

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  10. Hi Patsy, first time visitor and great to meet you! I'm oozing with optimism. I usually am. Just the way I get up out of bed. Best wishes to you for 2013!

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    1. How great to have oozing optimism, Stephen. Hope it helps you achieve lots of good things.

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  11. I think that writers have to be optimistic. And that could explain why we're so sad when we are rejected. Hope you have lots of success this year too.

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    1. The downside of optimism is that we'll get disappointed when things don't go as we'd hoped - but that's still better than not trying, isn't it?

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  12. I'm always full of optimism Patsy. Well done on cafe lit 2012. I love that story. I'm having a go at the write 1 sub 1 as well, weekly!! Keeps us busy doesn't it. Just sending a story to P.f.

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    1. Yes, you do seem to bubble with optimism, Suzy.

      Good luck with W1S1 and your sub.

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  13. Go Patsy! My new year's resolution is to be more positive :-)

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    1. Just deciding to try is a big step in the right direction, Linda.

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  14. Good point - I guess of there wasn't some optimism in us, we wouldn't write a thing.

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  15. What a brilliant way to start the year - by enjoying the 'no rejections' scenario! I haven't had any either. Even better, like you have had some positive news re Cafe Lit! I'm going to adopt the no rejections concept. "I've had no rejections in the past week, day, hour, minute, etc"

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    1. Good plan, Lindsay. It's too easy to focus on them, long after we should have checked and adjusted the piece and sent it off elsewhere.

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  16. I'm the queen of optimism when I start a new project - I'm convinced this is going to be IT. If I didn't, I probably wouldn't bother starting it.

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    1. Every new project really could be IT though, Annalisa. Hope the current one is for you.

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  17. I haven't been rejected this year either - yet! Sent off two submissions today so hope the trend continues.

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  18. As a beginner I need to be hopeful, enthusiastic....but optimistic sounds almost too hopeful!!! For now I'm enjoying the ride! Who knows what 2013 might bring?! :)

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    1. Enjoying the process is very important, Edith.

      Hope 2013 brings you some writing success.

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  19. Nice post! I think we have to be optimists to put our daydreams on paper. Happy 2013!

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  20. Hi Patsy, great post and congrats! We haven't been rejected once this year...wait, there's only two days into the year. oops well, guess we have! lol~! With positivity, patience & obstinance one must add a dose of humor to survive this business.
    We have been working on our book, and are going to our first prof. editing soon. The only thing we have out now is our comp. pieces, which we hope will do well! Your outlook is perfect for a new year! And after reading your short short, I can see why you would be positive!! Best of luck Patsy!

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    1. Thank you so much. Best wishes for those comps and the book.

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  21. You've had a great year, Patsy, and I'm sure this one will be every bit as good or even better. I'm optimistic by nature, but I always collect my share of rejections. Guess it's all part of the job!

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    1. Rejections can't be avoided, Rosemary. An acceptance makes up for a whole bunch of them though.

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  22. I've had no rejects either - or at least, not since last week when PF turned down a story. They did say why, which made a nice change.

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    1. It's good to get feedback, isn't it - helps soften the blow a little to know what we need to work on in order to get a positive response.

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  23. Here's to another happy successful year for you, Patsy.

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  24. I'm feeling highly optimistic. :) Good luck to you this year.

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    1. Glad you're feeling so positive. Happy New Year.

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  25. I thrive on optimism. It is so important to always look to the future with a smile and a dream.

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    1. I don't manage to be optimistic all the time, but I make a good stab at it most days.

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