Monday, 28 September 2009
Better to travel than to arrive?
Several Macmillan New Writers - myself included - have had disappointing news this year in that our second or third novels have been rejected for publication. Most of us will have spent at least a year on each of these novels; a year of writing, of thinking, of planning, of ups and downs, and of hope. But thinking back over my own year, I have to conlude that it's the journey that really counts, not the arriving. Yes, it's wonderful to be accepted and published; great to hold in my hand the first copy of a new novel; fun to attend a book launch and book signings, and to see my book in a shop window. The money's nice, too. But nothing quite compares with the exhilaration I feel when a piece of writing is going well; when the story take over, and flows as though coming from a source of its own; the moment when another (brilliant, of course) idea strikes, and I can't wait to get it down on paper. So, yes. It's deeply disappointing to be rejected and to have to put the novel and all its well-loved characters away in their virtual drawer, and turn to something else. But regrets? None. A waste of time? Absolutely not. Speaking for myself, it was worth every minute. And that, presumably, is why we keep on writing.
Posted by Frances Garrood at 15:05
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Digging the positive vibes, Frances.ReplyDelete
Yep, nohing beats the writing process when it's flowing.ReplyDelete
On the other hand, when it's NOT flowing...well, let's not get into that.
Thanks, Aliya. Thanks David. Got to be positive in this game, haven't we, otherwise...what? I guess we're probably all mad. But hey! What's wrong with mad?ReplyDelete
Great post Frances, I couldn't agree more!ReplyDelete