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Shrug off the Disappointment

Sounds like a great idea if not an easy one, right? But it’s very important to do this as a writer no mattter how hard it may be sometimes. As a writer you will get disappointed a lot- whether it’s a book rejection from a publishing house or a bad review from someone who has read your work.

I wrote a short story that I was absolutely proud of. I took an inanimate object and made it into something menacing and supernatural. It got rave reviews from those I let read it, and my pride grew. So I entered it in a short story contest. 6 winning entries were chosen for publication- mine was not one of them.

This is where the shrugging it off comes into play. I let myself be upset for a moment, but only one. Then I shrugged it off and published it on Amazon. Now it’s there for readers to enjoy even if it didn’t win the prize. While I was looking forward to having a contest publication to add to my biography it was okay- I tried and that was good even if the end result wasn’t what I was hoping for.

As for reviews that make you frown? Just remember that not everyone gets your writing style. One of my favorite authors has several 1-star reviews on Amazon, and I know he feels every one of those more than the 5-star ones. The message to take away is that you cannot please everyone, so instead I offer this advice: Write for yourself before all others. You may sell tons of copies or none at all. Be your own biggest fan and your harshest critic, but always write for yourself first.

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More About My Life

My house is a mad house. There’s yelling and screaming almost all the time- usually at the pets. The puppies have a fondness for soda and coffee and if you turn your back on either they will knock it over (usually into my purse, on my cell phone, or on my Kindle) and then slurp it up. Fun times….

I also have 2 children, as I’ve mentioned. So yeah, you can count on some additional yelling when they lie, throw things, scream things like, “I hate you!” at the top of their lungs…

So how do I get any writing accomplished? First of all, I’ve already mentioned my headphones. They have saved my sanity more than once. I put them on, pick a CD or mp3 to listen to, set it on repeat and tune life out. For me, I find it better to listen to only one CD or mp3 album a day, otherwise I get distracted by the change of tunes and artists.

Second trick? Afternoons when the weather is nice and evenings just after bedtime are my prime writing times. If the weather is nice, the kids can go play leaving me free to write to my heart’s content. After bedtime? I’ll write until I’m too tired. Usually about the time I hit to delete button too frequently because I’m making tons of typos. If it weren’t for the typos (signaling overwhelming exhaustion) I’d probably write all night long.

Errands, pets, and housework may seem overwhelming to me at times but I still make time to write. Not because of profits (although they make me proud), not because of my followers and readers (although they motivate me to keep on truckin’ along), but simply because when I write I find my happiness. No matter how lousy my day is, no matter how miserable I may be, once I sit down and lose myself in the fiction my mood lifts. I write for every reader out there, but I always start by writing for myself first.

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