Lose some, win some

Writing is a funny game. Fortunately I’m still young enough (figuratively speaking, of course) for it to still be a mostly pleasurable pursuit, otherwise scathing criticism would be enough to make me hang up my hat. As it is, my writing is still in the developmental phase, so I try to see what the editor is trying to tell me (all the while wishing they could be a little more diplomatic in their appraisal).

I went to the Steven Amsterdam workshop on Saturday and did not really enjoy it. I had ten minutes with his editor, who is held in high regard by the indie press in Australia, to discuss a piece of my writing. Apparently I wasn’t thinking straight and submitted a piece of writing to her that in hindsight I should definitely not have! She was very frank in her assessment, and, although fair, was less than encouraging. The experience did not put me in a good frame of mind for the workshop, where I was expected to magic a short story or three out of thin air. Needless to say, my creative well resembled a desert. I pretty much resolved to put writing on the backburner, only to receive some good news overnight – I’ve had a submission picked up for a US online flash zine, as well as won a flash fiction contest on Laurita Miller’s blog. Thus is the lot of a writer!

You can read my winning story, ‘Across the Ocean’, here.


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4 Responses to Lose some, win some

  1. So, I’d typed out this big long comment, but apparently the internet gods have frowned upon me this morning, and it disappeared. Anyway, what I’d said, more or less, was that writing is a rollercoaster, and all the stages have something to teach us, whether it’s the ups, downs or the stagnation that happens sometimes (and is, for me, often the hardest phase). Sometimes we need a short sabbatical to heal a bit, but then we have to get back to work. So keep at it, because you’re much too talented to stop.

  2. Laura Eno says:

    Editors, like readers, all like different things. I’ve always been amazed how one won’t like a piece I’ve submitted and yet the next one will rave about it. *shrug* I suppose that’s a good thing, otherwise there would only be ten books in the world, right?

    Congrats on your successes and don’t let the failures get you down (I know, easier said than done).

  3. dan powell says:

    Congratulations on the flash zine submission and ‘Across the Ocean’ is a deserving winner. I left you a comment over on Laurita Miller’s blog.

    Elizabeth is right about the ups and downs. sometimes you get good news just when you need it. Glad you have had some results to make you feel better about your writing. It would be a great shame to see you put your writing on the back burner as I have enjoyed so much of it.

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