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March 2017



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bear by san

When all else fails crank up the Tull.

It is now a four-form-rejection week. I'm trying to decide if eveything I've ever written sucks because I've been over-rejected this week, because I suck at short stories and should give up on them, because I'm at the middle of the book, or because I'm hitting another god-damned cocksucking motherfucking son-of-a-bitching plateau.

I'm terribly afraid it's a plateau.

Plateaus are good. They presage a skill jump, because they bring with them an awareness of how much I suck as a writer and all the things I still need to learn.

Plateaus are bad because they are exhausting and they hurt and I don't like them.

Dammit, I wanna be good at this now. Dammit. Dammit. Dammit.

*temper tantrum*
*torn hair*

THIS is why so many writers quit. If you aren't insane to begin with, the industry will make you that way rather quickly.

There, all better now.


I hear you, and I feel your pain.

The only thing worse than hitting a plateau is hitting a plateau and not realizing that's what it is. So at least you're spared THAT particular agony. But it still sucks.

Also the multiple-rejection-whammy is v. v. v. bad for the ego and tends to cause one to lose all sense of proportion. Don't try to assess your work in the middle of that, 'cause it only leads to badness.

I had three last week, and oddly enough, I found at least one of them refreshing because it meant that a piece of mine that had been stalled somewhere was now freed up again. It's funny how some weeks we fall into despair and others we're relieved when given the same stimulus.



I agree with neither, sorry. I don't think you've hit a plateau or that you suck. I think you simply haven't found the right editor yet.

After all, if I believe either of that, I'll end up having to face the facts that the amateurs like me have way too much hair-pulling time ahead :::GRIN:::


But you will forget about all those rejects the moment Spectra calls and -

*claps hand over mouth*

I almost jinxed you :)

We've all been there, or are still there, but you don't suck, and your writing doesn't suck, (or I'd tell you, cuz I'm much too blunt for my own good), so cheer up. And if that's impossible, go have a strawberry margarita for me ;)