Rule U: have fUn when you write
We’re onto the letter U in Linda’s Rules of Writing of the A to Z Challenge, and this time it’s about having fUn.
A lot of writers come into writing novels and immediately envision that once they finish their book, someone will wave a magic wand and the book will instantly become a best seller.
Well, maybe not a magic wand, but many people have this gap between the writing and the actual sale. We all think our book is the best thing.
Then we get slapped with the reality of rejection letter after rejection letter. And it can be very discouraging because the agents aren’t going to tell us why they rejected it, and critiquers may not give good critiques that help.
I have about 500 rejection letters.
And no, that’s not a typo. Several hundred of those are just from novel submissions. It’s a thankless learning process, and the only way to learn is, really to get rejected. I was at a con, and there was writer who had won the Nebula Award, and he commented that he still got rejections.
So writers writing in the hopes of making money are going to be disappointed. You really have to love writing because it’s the only thing that will sustain you when you get rejections.
What’s the worst rejection letter you received?
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