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Why (some) rejection rocks

I got a new rejection this week, with some solid feedback on the piece. At first I wasn’t phased by it – I knew could take the advice on board, and rework the story a little, then send it out to another market – but then I went back to trying to work on my new short story and hit a wall.

I was going about telling it in the same way that earned me my rejection. In fact, I’m pretty sure this is the way I have told some other stories in the past and while I know that it’s a technique I’ve seen used by others, I just couldn’t do it again. I ended up frozen, unable to see how I should write the story, and constantly repeating the phrase in my head about what I couldn’t do.

ARG!

Anyway, after some mulling, and wailing about how much I suck, I left it alone for a little while, and as always, the answer came and hit me in the face. The scene I had written was the end of the story. Not the beginning. I mean, lots happens after that scene but the really interesting stuff, the real meat of the story, was before then and in order not to fall back on ‘static backfill’ I should start the story earlier, and end with the scene I had already written. Though of course now it needs rewriting – something I can easily do.

I love it when good feedback is provided. It gives me the opportunity to learn and grow as a writer. I am pretty sure that I could simply submit this story elsewhere and have it accepted, but I want to make it the best I can, which requires a little more thought and work. And I want to do that, I want to put out stories that are great, not just okay.

Feedback is subjective – not all of it should be applied, all the time. Editors all have different opinions, and they may not agree about what makes a story good. In this case, I can see that the feedback is widely applicable, and I can make my stories stronger by taking it on board.

Happy writing everyone! I will hopefully have time to get this first draft out over the weekend. The concept is really exciting me, and I’m trying to push it as far as I can.

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5 thoughts on “Why (some) rejection rocks”

  1. I have two words in response to this, and it took me a LONG time to accept it and come to terms with the fact that in acutal fact it CAN be a good thing in helping you learn to grow etc.

    Constructive Criticism

    Use to make me shake in my boots lols

    1. haha, yeah, I think you have to grow to the point where you can start to see it for what it is – a tool for further growth, a key to being better at whatever it is you’re doing.

      Gosh, I still remember some of those crits at tech! Back in the day lol

      1. You know, thinking back … we had NO idea what we were doing!!!!! URGH I would have SO failed myself if I Was my lecturer! They had such a low standard for passing I think.

  2. haha I have long thought that their standards were pretty low for a pass, but oh well! The real learning happens on the job, and you don’t progress if you don’t grow and develop the necessary skills – obviously, you have 🙂

  3. I’ve done that before – realized that I was somehow writing scenes out of order. I’m glad that it dawned on you before you got too much further into writing. It’s good that you’re reaching that point where you can take criticism calmly and objectively [well, after a good rant, anyway ;)] and apply it to your stories. That’s all part of growing as a writer!

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