What My Cat Has Taught Me About Writing

I just loved this post so much I had to share. Don't normally believe you should double up on the net but this one was too good not to. Plus I'm an animal lover and well, it was just gorgeous in so many ways.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. If you don't like cats you may still get something out of it for your writing career.

What My Cat Has Taught Me About Writing

Stepping Over a Pile of Rejections...


Stepping Over a Pile of Dog Poop Rejections

Let’s start with a whopper!

How would you react if you received 743 rejection slips?

THAT'S how many rejections British author John Creasey received (not sure if he read them) before finally going on to successfully publish 564 mystery novels.

IF you want to be a serious writer you have to be able to accept rejection. You can wallow in self pity, simply give up, or you can clock those rejections as a positive tally toward publication. It's a glass half full approach. 

IT'S a good idea to keep a record of all your submissions over your time as a writer, not only for keeping track of the rejections but to build your portfolio for when you do finally receive that letter of acceptance. Readers and writers love nothing better than to drool over your rejection slip tally. It gives them hope.

DID you know that, Johnathan Livingston Seagull written by Richard Bach got more than 140 rejections?

WHEN you receive your rejection, go back over the submission guidelines and check you jumped all the hoops the publisher required of you. Then check over your manuscript or article and see if there are improvements that can be made. 

REMEMBER having a form rejection letter (or better still a rejection letter pointing out your weaknesses) is a good thing and it’s not YOU personally being rejected. Never take the rejection personally. 

It’s not like asking someone out on a date and being told you stink and have hairy armpits. It may feel like that but that’s not how it’s meant.

A form rejection is simply a note to say you missed out this time because your work wasn’t quite what we were looking for, might not have been long or short enough, didn’t meet our guidelines or your work wasn’t quite up to scratch and a hundred possible other reasons you really don’t need to concern yourself with.

MANY famous authors have received rejection letters and they kept submitting until finally their work was accepted.

CONSIDER this one.  

How would you feel if you received this rejection in the post?

On his novel, Lord of the Flies, “An absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull.That’s what was said to, William Golding.

And the list goes on: Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, Frank Herbert, Stephen Donaldson, Jean M. Auel, Enid Blyton, Hemmingway and James Joyce. It doesn’t stop there.

"Good God, I can't publish this!" and "It is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA”. Those were William Faulkner's book, Sanctuary and George Orwell's Animal Farm. 

And finally try to remember every published author was once an unpublished author who didn't quit submitting

THERE'S hope for YOU yet...

The earth is opening up to devour me. Great! I get to see the critters living there ~ Zak ~ Always the optimist.

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Writing ~ Loosing your fingers...

I enjoy writing (Der! that's a said) and I especially find constructing sentences fascinating.

The other day I was cyber-chatting with fellow writers and one of my writer friends who does a lot of editing mentioned she had a bit of a giggle over some description.

Here’s the sentence.

“She plucked her fingers from her gloves one at a time and held them in her hand”. 

Fantastic and a great visual if that’s the effect the writer was after.

Awesome for horror or weird zombie killing characters but obviously that was not what the writer intended. She simply wanted to show a character taking a pair of gloves off her hands finger by finger.

Another writer added to the conversation by quoting this line

"Up the street the soldiers were marching down”.

I love misplaced or misused words and what fascinates me more is getting those words to somehow illustrate the word pictures that were really intended.

Do you have any doozies to share?

How would you FIX the fingers problem?

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