The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it. ~Jules Renard, “Diary,” February 1895
How many times have you felt that, that a story is just beyond reach? If you are writing daily you may have discovered that it is coming easier to you. Writer’s Block is becoming as mythical as the Abominable Snowman. Or maybe you just started writing and it is still a daily struggle.
There is a story or many stories inside each of us. There are poems and paintings and creative works that are just beyond our reach. How to access them is the question. I think most people give up to easily. In our society of instant gratification, it’s difficult for writers to think they have to put in the hard daily work to be successful. I sat next to one writer last year at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. She wrote a children’s story and was given a lot of positive feedback at the previous years conference. When she submitted she got many rejections and that was it for her. Her whole writing career was over. She was back at the conference but she wasn’t writing anymore.
That’s it? One story and that’s it. That’s where perseverance pays off, she is done because of a few rejections where I keep going because of a few rejections. Where do you fit in?
Today, write a poem about rejection. Is it positive or negative? How does rejection fit into your writing life. Now get back to work!
The Writing Nag