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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Coping with disappointment.

Disappointment is something most writers have to deal with.  My first encounter with disappointment was when I braved sending in samples of a short novel I wrote at University.  I sent it off to a few places and have the rejection letters to prove it.  Sadly it had the effect of putting me off writing for many years feeling that I was not capable of being a writer.  Undoubtedly in the future I will face those same rejection letters so it begs the question how will I cope when that disappointment comes.  These days I know I would persist and not give up so easily.  I may not be everybody's cup of tea but I will be somebody's cup of tea.

The idea of disappointment always reminds me of my competition entering.  I'm sure I have mentioned before that I enter competitions as a hobby.  In doing so I have been very lucky and won a multitude of prizes.  A lot of people tell me how lucky I am.  My response to this is to point them in the direction of where to enter competitions and wish them luck.  Often people say to me they never have any luck as they never win anything they enter.  When I ask them how many competitions they have entered it is normally only two or three.  This highlights to me the fact that my luck is not so much luck but more down to time and effort.  By spending a bit more time entering competitions I have significantly increased my chances of winning.  I now think of writing in the same way.  It is down to me to write as much as possible in the hope of increasing my chances of getting items published.  

The reason I am on about disappointment today is because having chalked up my first piece of published work this year I rushed to the shop today to find it wasn't there.  Today was the release day for the magazine issue it was scheduled to be in and no sign of it.  I'm not too worried about this as they had brought it forward and it has obviously been put back to a later issue as previously scheduled.  Only problem being I don't know when that is.  I have e-mailed to try and find out and hopefully they will get back to me but in the meantime I have to wonder if I have been premature in assuming it will be published.

I am so glad the internet exists these days and helps encourage budding writers like myself.  Yesterday Bubble Cow tweeted a link to this blog article about 'How Writer's Build Courage'.  Maybe I should take some lessons from there and it is great to have encouragement on hand on the days you need it.

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