This week has taught me a lot as a writer. I'm not talking craft or business...but about me. The person I am and have to be as a writer. That probably sounds odd, so let me explain.
I started this week as my usual introverted writer self, hoping some fabulous agent or publisher would pop out of the blue and offer me a contract. (Okay, so I'm still there on that one, but I know that's a crazy dream that I need to give up!) My sad little book sits on Amazon at the bottom of the sellers' rank, and although I've been told not to pay attention to that, I do. Honestly, it can be discouraging at times.
But on Tuesday, I stepped out of my world to attend a learning session provided by Pikes Peak Writers. I've posted about them before, and I will post about them again. They are a fantastic group of writers. They are supportive and interested in helping those involved grow. The presenter spoke about using social media, primarily Facebook and Twitter, to promote yourself as a writer...not just your book. The insights were most helpful. I never would have thought to do what this person suggested. And it's worked! I am amazed at what's happened over the last few days. Not only have I pressed out of my comfort zone to reach people, but I'm discovering more about myself as a person.
On Wednesday, I went to a critique group, also sponsored by Pikes Peak Writers. (Seriously, awesome group!) The folks around the table encouraged me and gave me constructive feedback that I can apply to my writing. Just spending time in their presence, listening to their critiques of each others' works...I just soaked it in. Love my time there.
Today, I received a rejection from a pretty major publisher. In the past, I probably would have cried. (Okay, I have to admit, a couple of tears leaked out...) I would have been quite discouraged. But this person offered such insight that I felt inspired. I've been stuck in these stories for the longest time, I couldn't see past them. I know I'm not a perfect writer. I still have lots to learn. But I'm also confident that I'm not on the bottom rung. So I'm taking this rejection and turning it around. It's a launching pad for my career.
Looking back, it's been a good week. I've grown as a writer in many different ways. And I plan to continue to do so. Just hope you'll stick with me until I can find that one person in the industry who believes in me...
...which reminds me...another thing I've learned this very day...Rise of the Guardians is a fantastic movie!
Blessings, my friends.
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