If I blogged only about the good parts of writing, then I’d fall far short of describing my writing experience. So with that in mind, I’ll share with you what a lousy day I’ve had.
Any writer published or unpublished can tell you that in the beginning they, “wanted it bad,” and I am no exception. The process to getting published is painfully long, and a lot of that time involves waiting. Yeah, I know I’m supposed to keep writing, and I do, but still part of me is always waiting, hoping, and waiting some more for that next piece of good news.
But that’s not what I got today.
I came 4th in the Great Expectations Contest (a significant contest in the Romance Writing World). I really wanted to place higher, and more importantly I wanted to be asked for “a full” (manuscript i.e.,) but it wasn’t to be, not this time. So here I sit, as it happens alone, eating a grilled cheese panini instead of steak, and watching Romantic comedies on Netflix. Mostly I feel sorry for myself, but between snits I contemplate how many ways my pacing can be improved and my plots tightened.
I know this is good for me. No, maybe not the white bread , but the thinking part – the rebooting of the writing engine, the reconsideration of all aspects of the practice part.
Tomorrow is another day.