Grieving A Writing Life

This is a beautiful post about the writing life. It’s often about ‘the next’ whatever when you’re searching for success — the next manuscript, concept, story, idea, novel. The next moment, the next attempt, the next time you sit down to write, the next questioning moment about your goals and determination, the next day of joy over writing progress, the next day of weariness and rejection, the next new resolve, the next day of squaring your shoulders, sucking in a breath and whispering words of encouragement to yourself in your mind, one more time.

K.M. Allan

When you start out in the writing community, you’re learning, and part of that process is seeing those before you rise.

Just as you’re entering the query trenches, there are others being lifted out of them with agent representation and publishing deals, and you wait patiently for the day that person will be you.

Before you know it, years have gone by. You’ve been part of the writing community for a long time, helping those who are now the newbie you once were.

Experienced in the query trenches, you’ve seen it all, gotten every rejection type there is: the no answer, the form letter, the good but not good enough. You might have even hit that 100 rejections goal you’d heard other writers talk about but never thought you’d reach because your MS was too good. At least you thought so.

You might have rewritten it since those lofty…

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