Why did I start this blog?

recommitment-monthI have a confession to make. I haven’t been writing much lately. Actually I haven’t worked on my novel since March when I received disheartening news from the agent I thought I would be working with. After four months of correspondence, my hopes were dashed with this brief email:

I’m sorry to say that I’m going to have to step aside, despite my admiration for your work.  The past few weeks have been extraordinarily busy, and I have not been able to get back to your manuscript.  In any event, I cannot imagine you’ll have any trouble finding an agent to handle this—what I’ve read is quite wonderful.

OK, I know that this is overall positive, but that doesn’t make it any easier to face the fact that I have to start the long submission process all over again. But more over the writer inside me was broken and depressed by the rejection – writers have very sensitive egos. I couldn’t even look at my story.

But today, cooler heads prevailed, and I decided to open the document and read through parts of it. And guess what?!? It’s f’ing amazing! I needed a little break from it to realize what a great story I wrote. So now, before you all, I newly recommit to getting my novel published.

I am also making a promise to you virtual friends that I will write the second draft of my screenplay and enter it into a film contest by August 30. By the way, this is the feedbackI received after I entered my first draft into a film festival contest:

Your script made it through to some of the last rounds and saw many extra readings. The overall level of craft was remarkable, and made for some stiff competition.This screenplay’s concept is tremendous. And this script brought a dense and complex story alive. In the end, however–we had to pass. We found this to be a very promising screenplay. Thanks again for the honor of reading your work! And please keep writing.

I started this blog to hold myself accountable. I realized that once I state something publically I much more likely to do. So please send me lots of good vibes and encouragement. This summer it’s ON!

11 comments

  1. Good for you on moving forward! Best luck on on the film contest. I’ve kept my rejections over the past couple of years. Just signed on with a publisher in March of this year. Keep going. The value you see in your work is only the beginning in how others will appreciate it. There’s a whole world of people out there. Opportunities will come. 🙂 xo ~ Laurie Kozlowski

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    1. Congratulations for signing on with a publisher! What’s the name of your book so I can keep an eye out for it? Keep me posted on that! Thank you for the encouragement 🙂

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  2. Rejection is, unfortunately, a core part of being a writer, a fact that makes a lot of would-be writers lose faith in themselves and give up. I’m sorry your relationship with that agent feel through, but I’m glad that this setback hasn’t softened your resolve or made you doubt yourself as a writer. Keep your chin up, and good luck with the film contest.

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    1. It’s true, I feel reinvigorated after getting over this hump and more like an am-writer rather than a would-be-writer 😛 Thank you for the positive words!

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    1. Good for you! Writers absolutely have to hold ourselves accountable, regardless what you are writing, you have to force yourself to commit to writing everyday, even if it’s just a few paragraphs or just an outline. Good luck.

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  3. I find there’s a lot of variation in how much and how often I write. Breaks are sometimes necessary. When the rejection gets to me, I reassure myself that my audience is out there waiting–at the right moment, they will receive my words. Hang in there!

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  4. The problem is that many will say it is wonderful for they see you as a potential client. Family will say good things about it and then there are the naysayers who pan everything. Who do we believe? I gave the book to Congress but they argued about opening up to new ideas. I gave the book to the police but they locked it up. I gave the book to the undertaker and he buried it. But we must continue, even though it is a murky forecast. Good luck.

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