Words, music, photos, moving images, paper, pixels, electric impulses, radio waves bouncing off plastic and metal. We grow bored easily, disseminate and absorb content at random, jump from media to medium, streaming, screaming, steaming. There is no time to pause. Produce produce produce. Pass it on. Delete.
I got my first three rejections for fiction writing. It happened during a hectic couple of weeks, filled with end of term assignments, a yearly software release at work, trying to learn how to teach English in Swedish, and a new kitten who brought the gift of ear mites into my house. Oh. And my elderly parents (who live 5000+ km away) left their phone off the hook for two days.
I am prepared for rejection as a writer. I embrace it because I see it as a right of passage, an official seal of approval that says Amanda Wood is a real writer.
There is a small voice tapping the inside of my skull, wondering about next steps. Not because I am afraid of being rejected, but because it is expensive to follow this route to publication. Submission and subscription fees aside, my writing is evolving and what I thought was good four months ago…well, I see how much work is needed to prepare it for publication.
I know am not a literary genius, nor do I want to be, but I can write a good story when I work hard at it. It takes time and dedication to create it. My time is more valuable than virtual money.
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I continue to be a reader for Fiction Magazines. I am exposed to a variety of genre-based submissions and have the luxury of choosing when and what I read. Often I only make it to the end of the first page before I search for a different group of words to spend my limited time on.
I learned this so far:
- Poor writers have no qualms about submitting their work to publications.
- Lots of crap is submitted.
- No one has time to explain why it is crap, so people keep submitting crap.
- Some people’s crap writing gets accepted anyway.
- I don’t want to be any of these people.
I get why publications need to send form letters. There is not enough time to provide constructive criticism. That is what graduate level writing programs are for.
The knuckles on the inside of my skull are bloody. There is much work to be done.