Rejection Summer

And it was. One after the other! But I’m an expert at getting back up again and being thick skinned. I learnt fast – let rejection bounce off you or don’t be a writer. We all know that one…

I tweet every now and then and one of my most-retweeted tweets was the one about sending each story out five times before putting it in the File of Doom. Generally most stories find a home before five outings but occasionally it does take that long. It’s a case of right words, right judges, right time instead of one of those elements missing. I was told by a few writers that Twitter was essential in terms of self-marketing, being noticed and networking. Frankly I didn’t think I had time but out of all the social media blah it’s the one that seems quickest to be part of and most useful in terms of content.

There were a couple of successes (see Read Me Here) but lots of Thanks but No Thankses.

One of my thanks but nos was from Cornerstones, who looked at my short story collection. It’s now off elsewhere on its journey to find a home but if it doesn’t get picked up I’ll self-publish. It was looked at during my Cornerstones mentorship so I’m happy it’s as good as it can be.

The summer was busy, sunny and full of friends and laughter and wine and music and kids’ stuff. I didn’t get much writing done – but lots of ideas got captured as they passed by and I pulled them into my notepad. I’m working on them now. New Writing Project is into the 20K word area, so getting on well and I’m getting to know my two main characters well… at the moment they’re at Glastonbury in 1994, narrowly missing each other…

My aim this Autumn is to prioritise writing more. I get involved in all sorts of community things which is great and fulfilling and generally fun, but also time consuming. Every now and then I say yes too much, realise I’m over-committed and spend a few weeks stepping backwards. One of those times coming up now. Life is short and I have a lot of words to write.




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I'm a writer living in the NE of Scotland. I write short stories, flash fiction and to date, three novels as practice ones. I've won a few competitions and been published in a few places, and I've been shortlisted too... My stories have been described as easily readable, but with serious themes. I'm finding my own unique voice as a writer and it becomes clearer every day. I'm a mum of two young children and have a partner who is very supportive. I give English tuition to anyone who needs it and I drive taxis part time. In between being a keen cook and making ignoring housework a new hobby, I write. I manage a few hours a day during a good week and one day I'd LOVE to spend a week or so on a writers' retreat. Having said that, the busier I am, the more I write. I like working under pressure (hence my attendance on sites such as 'Hour of Writes' and 'Write-Invite') and it never ceases to amaze me what pops out of my head when I sit down to a blank screen. I am a member of a writer's group called Mearns Writers, a lovely bunch of (slightly bonkers and thoroughly interesting) people indeed. I'm trying to build an on line life as I believe most writers nowadays need to have a readily availble 'CV' in the form of a blog/twitter account/social media page and though I would rather spend time writing stories I suppose it's time I collated my successes and made a page that, hopefully, a publisher/agent will read one day. Happy reading!

3 thoughts on “Rejection Summer”

  1. Like a terrier, you keep you hold of that bone and get stuck right in there. You’re strong, feisty, and would probably dive down a rabbit hole too xx


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