Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Ups and downs

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so it's Insecure Writer's Support Group time.  Am I feeling insecure? Yes, sometimes - about as often as I get a story rejected and that happens quite often. I imagine it'll keep happening as long as I keep sending stuff out.

I get acceptances too though. To prove it there's a story of mine in this month's Woman's Weekly Fiction Special. It seems wrong to have favourite stories, but if I did then this would be one of them.

Alfie Dog Fiction have taken some more of mine, too.

Getting an acceptance cheers me up and the effect lasts long enough to counteract the next few rejections. Competition wins would have the same effect, I'm sure. That's why I've already sent an entry to this one (which has books as the prize), will be trying this one (with £100 prize), and this (to win a residential writing course). As with all the competitions I feature, these are free to enter.

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  1. It's the ups that keep us going through the downs I think! Congrats on the acceptances they are definitely ups! Happy writing :)

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    1. Yep, the ups keep us going, Suzanne. Or sometimes just the hope of them.

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  2. I so agree about the rejections and acceptances cancelling themselves out and then the cycle of insecurity starts again doesn't it Patsy.

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    1. It does indeed, Wendy. We're sensitive little souls, us writers!

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  3. Congratulations on having a story in the Woman’s Weekly Special, Patsy and the Alfie Dog acceptances – and good luck with the competitions!

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  4. Congrats on your story in the Woman's Weekly Special. I not keen on the word rejection whatever one is being rejected about, I like ACCEPTANCE better.
    Yvonne.

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  5. I try to think of rejections as 'resubmission opportunities' to keep my insecurities at bay! Congratulations on all your acceptances :o)

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    1. That's a very good way of looking at them, Karen.

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  6. Yay for your lovely stories in WW!! And thanks for these linkies too! As for your rejections - they're LOSS!! Take care
    x

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  7. Hopefully the ups will out number the downs! :)

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    1. I hope so too, Rachel. Maybe I should allocate one point for each word in all accepted stories, but only count the words in the title for the rejects?

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  8. Well done on your successes. I was going to send an entry into the Erewash Writer's competition. But, as you've already entered, I don't think I'll bother as mine will not beat your high quality. Not that I'm feeling insecure.

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    1. Please don't let me put you off, Elliot. I've not won one of their competitions yet.

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  9. Rejections can definitely make writers insecure, but I've learned not to take them personally like I used to. Now when I get a rejection I tell myself it wasn't meant to be and that the place that will publish this piece or book is still out there waiting for me to discover it. So when I get a rejection I brush it off and send my query or story off to the next place on my list.

    Good luck and congratulations on your publication in Woman's Weekly Fiction Special!!! That is awesome! :D

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    1. They do get a little easier to take after a while, Chrys and you're right not to take them personally - even though it's hard no to.

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  10. Rejections are nasty creatures that we writers have to learn to live with. Congrats on your story getting published in Woman's Weekly Fiction Special.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna's Scriptorium

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    1. I wish we could train them to do something useful, Rachna.

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  11. I could wallpaper my living room in rejection letters. But we take the acceptance whenever we can! Congrats on your latest success and here's to many more!

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    1. I compost mine, Stephen and use them to feed my garden.

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  12. Congratulations on the story in the weekly!
    And you're right - we keep sending stuff out, we'll continue to experience rejection and negative. But if we don't, we'll never get to enjoy acceptance and positive.

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  13. We need those well timed ups to keep us going! Congrats on getting your story published in WWFS ;)

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  14. I still have my first rejection. I can't wait to frame it. All part of the ride glad you are finding success out there as well. I will check out some of those.

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    1. Yeah, it's all part of the process, Brandon.

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  15. Yay for winning! You know, I think you have to take the successes and live in them--and when the rejections come along you can look at your framed successes and say, "I'm awesome, so take that!" ;)

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    1. Once we have a few successes it does help to look back on them when we get more rejects, Crystal.

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  16. Every time I read your blog I say to myself, "You really should spend at least SOME TIME writing short stories." Clearly, it offers a little bit of payback while you were working on a novel. Hmmmm. Now, I am thinking it again. Congrats on your most recent publication!!!

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    1. You really should, Robin - well assuming you want to.

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  17. Just what we all need. Balance. It would be more fun to have everything accepted every time but then we'd all be jealous of you.

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    1. Yes we do need balance, Susan. Actually I think if I were to have absolutely everything accepted first time it might take out some of the fun - wouldn't mind it happening a bit more often though.

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  18. We all have our ups and downs. So glad you're able to have more ups than downs. Currently, my biggest down has been my health. A real bummer, but slowly I'm overcoming that too.

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    1. I hope your health continues to improve, Faraweyes.

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  19. Congratulations on the acceptance of your stories, Patsy.
    An acceptance cheers us up and makes us stronger when we need to face the rejections...so true.

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  20. I'm working on more stories these days. I'll always be dedicated to writing novels, but the stories are strengthening my literary skills. Well done on your acceptances.

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    1. It's nice to work on something you know you can finish in less than the months or years it takes for a novel too, isn't it, Charmaine?

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  21. Well done on more acceptances, Patsy - the rejections are par for the course! Thanks for the links.

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    1. Thanks, Rosemary. Yes, you're right about the rejections.

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  22. I'm not sure that you should qualify as 'insecure' with your record, Patsy! But I do like the idea of that residential course as a prize...

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    1. I'm not insecure all the time, Frances but I have my moments.

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  23. Congratulations on the latest story- I'll be buying the WW Fiction Special this month, so yours will be the first story I read. :)

    And having a few successes this year, it has made the latest rejection easier. But that's life for a writer.

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    1. Glad you had those acceptances to help you through, Carol. Hope you soon get a few more to go with them.

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  24. I love competitions---I think they do so much to give us renewed hope and make us put ourselves out there. Really cool, Patsy!

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  25. Well done on WW story, Patsy. Post the workshop I still waiting to hear on 3 stories I subbed. Will definitely be entering the Retreat competition - few days in Dorset would be grand!

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  26. Well done on your successes! 1 acceptance cancels out 6 rejections (at least!)

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  27. Congratulations Patsy on your stories! Great news!

    Nas

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  28. Congrats on the acceptances. They really do make the rejections bearable!

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  29. Thankfully you have acceptances... That is awesome, Patsy.... Good luck in the contests...

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  30. If you're feeling insecure Patsy, may I suggest you try a tough brand of sellotape and a pot of ultra strong glue.

    Well done on your successes and thank you for providing a link to Erewash Writers' Group 'Full Stop' free entry competition on your blog.

    Also, the retreat comp looks interesting. Thanks for that too.

    Kind regards,
    Debbie

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    1. Good plan, Debbie. I put the glue on my submissions so the editors are stuck with them and can't send them back, right?

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