THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF 2010

My good friend, Linda Apple, got me to thinking a lot about what I’ve been up to this past year and what might be coming in the new year. And most especially what I might have had to do with the mistakes and successes. Linda’s weekly Inspire always makes me think hard, and sometimes that’s painful. Go to Lindacapple on Facebook to join her fan page and receive this weekly inspirational writing. It’s uplifting and gives something to think about.

In good writing, we know that for every action there’s a reaction. That holds true where our process of writing is concerned too. Every action can have a good or bad reaction. Acceptance by publishers is of course the very best, but sometimes no matter the effort, rejections come. That should not lessen our joy in the process of writing.
Besides acceptances, I’ve had my share of rejections over the years and particularly some heartbreaking ones this year. I’m sure that’s true for everyone actively writing. It’s easy to give up, far too easy. Or to get so down we decide we’re not good enough. But the reaction to that sort of thinking is we quit writing. We find it difficult sometimes to remember that only quitters fail.
So as this new year begins, let’s put all that behind us. The rejections, the stories that didn’t jell, the book that sort of drifted to a halt. Dig in and write something new and fresh. Or dig out old stories and fix them. But don’t give up. Writers have to write. If you don’t truly feel you have to write, that you can’t live without it, perhaps you should consider doing something else, but if you can’t go a day without voices in your head, if you daydream stories washing dishes and dusting, if you pull over and park to record new ideas while on your way to the grocery store, then you can’t quit. You mustn’t. No matter how tough last year may have been. Suck it up and hit the keyboard. On the other hand, there are things we try that simply aren’t meant to succeed, and it’s best to back off and try something new and different. When we do that, we aren’t failing, we’re just reconsidering what’s best. It can be a painful process.
Back to Linda Apple. She suggested making a list this week. What we did that worked and what we did that didn’t work in 2010. Then consider each list and decide what our priorities will be in the coming year. Thanks, Linda for that idea. I’m going to try it out.
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About veldabrotherton

I'm primarily a writer, but I also speak and teach workshops and co-chair a large critique group. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. After almost 30 years in this business, I still have something to learn and attend conferences to network with other writers, publishers, editors and agents.
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2 Responses to THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF 2010

  1. Sheila Deeth says:

    Sounds a good idea. I'll add that list of things to my list of things to do:)

  2. Sheila, glad to read your comment. Hope you continue to enjoy the blog.

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