Void means empty or vacant, it can be an unfilled space (literal or metaphorical) even a vacuum. The inside of The Sphere is just a void.
When we sold our old campervan nothing could fill the void in my life (until we picked up the new one!)
It describes something useless or ineffectual. In a legal sense it means invalid.
A thing, place or situation may display voidness, or be voidable - they don't sound like real words, do they?
Voided isn't the past tense of void – that's something used in heraldry where the central area is cut away to show the field.
Today's the first Wednesday of the month, so this is an Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Do join us if you'd like to.
I submit a lot of work to editors. Sometimes I'm sometimes a little nervous about doing so, especially when pitching or submitting somewhere new, but it's not a major insecurity.
Like everyone who attempts to get work published I get rejections. Of course I'm not happy about any of them, and from time to time they'll dent my confidence a little, but they're just a part of the process we have to accept. Even if we're initially upset or deflated we'll get over it and move on.
What I really dislike, and which does cause me to feel insecure, is sending my work into the void and never hearing back. Did it arrive? Should I chase it up? Can I send it somewhere else? I hate the not knowing – and it goes on and on. Will they reply this week? Or next?
Eventually I send a polite query. Was it too soon? Will they be annoyed? Why haven't they replied to that? Did the query reach them?
What do you do if you don't hear back – and how soon do you do it? And how many times?
If you submit to this free to enter novel writing competition you won't entirely be casting your work into a void, as although unsuccessful entrants won't be contacted you can check the shortlist in September and will know if you made it that far. The winner gets £3,000 – which might fill a void in your bank account!
If you haven't entered Friday's competition to win a paperback, there's still time to enter and if you'd like a bargain ebook, you can download Keep It In The Family, a collection of 25 feel good family related stories is reduced to 99p (99c) for the next few days..