Things to do with your form R:
1. Print it out then burn it.
2. Print it out, pull it to pieces very, very slowly. Then burn it piece by piece.
3. Print it out, frame it, stick it on your wall and stare at it every day, brooding on your revenge.
4. Print it out, put it on the ground and stamp all over it in sharp stilettos.
5. Print it out, wave your recent contest win certificate in its face screaming ‘in your face, form rejection!’
6. Hit the delete key and send it to your Recycle bin, then take out the trash, baby.
7. Do nothing with it. Leave it in your inbox and never think of it again.
Okay, we can safely say that I did not do number 7.
First up, big heaping thanks, gratitude and endless supplies of your favourite tipple to all you lovely people for the hugs and suppportive comments. You guys are – honest to god – the reason I am still here, still writing, still waiting in Unpublished Author Waiting Limbo (UAWL). Without you and the CPs I would have given up and gone home.
Still, I won’t lie. Getting a form R for SYTYCW has made me a stupid, blubbery, hopeless mess. It’s made me feel like I haven’t learned a thing. that I’m going backwards. Now, I know this isn’t true. I know there are a hundred and one different reasons for forms, that they can have nothing to do with your writing or your story. That you can’t let them get you down, that you need to get over it. I do know all those things. But those are all intellectual responses. It’s the feelings that are the tough part to deal with because I am an emotional drama-queen kind of person.
With Rs, I know I have to get to the bottom before I can climb back up the other side. I have to wallow in the sense of failure, the doubt, and, yeah, the jealousy that others are doing better than I am. If I’m lucky my CPs will bear with me while I vent a little bit – because I have to do this as well otherwise it’ll eat me up inside. But it’s only once I’ve done all this that I can let it go and start feeling better about it. No, it’s not an easy process but it’s the way I am and I just have to go with it. Most of the time I come out the other side feeling positive and ready to tackle things again but sometimes the process goes on for longer than a couple of days and it takes me a while to let go of it.
Anyway, it’s taken a while for me to let go of this. And I probably still haven’t quite yet. It’s thrown me into a huge spiral of doubt about my other submissions too. Because how can it not? If you don’t get a reason for why something was rejected, then how do you know you haven’t repeated it in your other submissions? But that aside, I’ve had lots of great advice from very wise people about what I should do with this particular sub. I’m still not quite sure where I’m going to take it just yet. I’ve heard that it’s wise to change it if you’re going to resub but as I don’t know what’s wrong with it in the first place, I’m not sure what to change. The writing I’m assuming is not the issue since (yes, I shall blow my own trumpet) the writing has netted several contest placings and a revisions on a full. So I can only assume it was the conflict/characters. Which means changing everything. And I don’t know that I want to do that.
I guess I shouldn’t pout too much about it though. The sub was me trying a new line, always a bit of a gamble. And it probably didn’t help that I was trying to do things a bit differently. It’s something I always try and think of when I’m writing a new story – how can I make my story different? The problem with doing different is that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Most of the time it hasn’t but I guess the fact that I’ve still got an ed willing to work with me means that somewhere along the track, doing things differently has been a good thing.
In the meantime I have finished the rough draft of another partial, my chess player. Yes, that’s something a bit different again, which will either work or it won’t. But I guess that’s my way of challenging myself. Anyway, that brings the grand total of rough partials to five. How’s that for not giving up?
As for that form R, which of those options do you think I did? 😉