Happy Insecure Writer’s Group day! It’s a very good day to rest gently in the support of your fellow writers cause, believe me, it’s a hard landing everywhere else.
It’s March and I’m querying, so there’s two strikes against a good mood right there. Liberal application of walks in the sunshine (when the sun deigns to favor us with an appearance), rampant cussing (mostly under my breath), and the support of a good group are getting me through. My very first query letter just returned my very first standard form rejection of the query cycle, so that was cool.
I need to post a big sign over my work desk, something uplifting and motivating like; YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR, YOU IDIOT, SO SHUT THE PIEHOLE AND OPEN UP THOSE REJECTIONS. No? Too encouraging?
Anyway! On to the March 4 question: other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?
The answer for this month is: No.
I don’t tend to include much of my own personality, traditions, or situations in my stories. I’m writing straight-up escapist, romantic fiction and honestly I don’t want to include reality. Reality is mean, and grumpy, and much too lacking in orgasms. Give me all the romance tropes and fluffy cheesy moments, please. Also I haven’t written any stories set around a holiday, so the chances I’ve had of including my family customs in them are pretty slim. I won’t say I’ll never include any family quirks in a holiday story, because I might. But I haven’t yet.
The awesome co-hosts for the March 4 posting of the IWSG are Jacqui Murray, Lisa Buie-Collard, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence! Don’t forget to go give their posts a look today.
You won me at orgasms. I’ll be buying the book. LOL,
How about- only the best survive? I’ve read a lot of writer success stories and bullheaded commitment and refusing to quit rejection after rejection seems to be the trend.
I love seeing “Bullheaded commitment”. It encapsulates everything about being an author! Haha. Now that’s worthy of becoming a sign above my keyboard.
“Reality is mean, and grumpy, and much too lacking in orgasms.” — LMAO! Too true! Writing is definitely a form of escapism for me.
Yes! Thank you 🙂 I am all about that escapist fiction.
I have no stress from rejections because I gave up on them! It feels good knowing I don’t have to face that after the excitement of my new book! I hope you get lots of acceptances.
Ha, I think that may be the smartest strategy and I will definitely be adopting it if no one wants to take a chance on this book.
How about this to post: A winner is a loser that gave it one more try.
Good luck. I hope your work finds a home. 🙂
Anna from elements of emaginette
That is much, much kinder than my sign idea. I love it! Thank you
Keep your chin up. Rejections happen to all of us. It still stings, but as long as you don’t give up, you’ll one day get that acceptance. 🙂
Storing up my provisions of grit and baseless persistence. I will make it through! LOL thank you.
It’s such an accomplishment to have gotten to where you are now, with a FINISHED manuscript and it being out in the query world! You’re a great writer and you’ll get that yes!
Ahhh this is like a shot of pure positivity. I’m just going to bask in it for a little while. Thank you, Brigitte!
Good luck with the querying! If it helps, I’m working on a query letter, right now, and will be in there with you, soon. Happy IWSG Day!
It does help, yes! We’re in the trenches together. Good luck with your letter.