Wednesday, March 4, 2015
#IWSG Post for March 2015: Fear Will Merely Make You Take a Backseat
Last Sunday, I saw an article about an author who got rejected 60 times. When I checked the web earlier, I noticed that he's not the only one. For these authors, luck finally smiled on them on their 61st submission. That took a long time, but I knew it was worth it for them. Publication earned in that way is truly a great achievement. And I'm glad they kept submitting their work.
I've not reached that number of rejections yet. I hope I wouldn't. Sure, I get insecure every time I submit. But then, it's all a matter of perseverance, and a little tweaking here and there before the work goes on its second round.
Regarding replies, yesterday, I got another rejection--and I felt that it was well-deserved because I sent the wrong story to the wrong publisher. :-) Blame it on fatigue or that time when you feel that your mind couldn't wait another minute for its much-needed slumber.
On a positive note, another publisher wrote and told me that they're excited about the tale I submitted, but would need more time before they get back to me. I think that's great. I don't mind the long wait since there are lots of ideas in my head that are waiting to be born, waiting to be used, waiting to exist.
What I'm learning from all this is that fear won't do anything. It will merely make me take a backseat. In this case, I'm willing to see what's around the next bend and the next. If I let go, I wouldn't learn much. Fear will only stay, gain strength and push me away from what I want to achieve. Why should I let fear take the wheel when I can reach out and do that myself? You could, too, you know. And I hope you're almost there or have already reached that place where you want to be.
For those who visited my blog last month, I'd like to send my apologies. I wasn't able to publish that time since we rushed my sister to the hospital, and I had to stay there with her. She's at home now, but still recuperating.
Now, what about you? Care to tell me about your musings about reaching 60 rejections, and getting accepted on the 61st? Do tell. I'd like to know your take on this.
That's it for this month's IWSG. Time to visit the others.
I'll see you next post! Sending virtual *hugs*! All the best!
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