Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My ABC's of Writing: Brought to You by the Letter R


I suppose the letter "Q" (query letter) goes quite well with our next entry.


The brick wall.

This.

Will.

Happen.

I don't care how great of a writer you are, I don't care what your connections are...any writer who says he or she has never been rejected is a dirty, dirty liar.

Or...they've never sent anything out. EVER.

Stephen King got rejected. J.K. Rowling got rejected. If God himself wrote an action thriller, He'd get a rejection notice.

To be a writer is to be told "NO." You must have a thick skin and be willing to accept that you'll hear "NO" a lot. But for every "NO," send out another story, another query, another article. Because the writers who make it--and this really applies to all professions--are the ones who refuse to stop when they face rejection.

A is for AGENT
B is for BETA READERS
C is for CRITIQUE GROUP
D is for DESCRIPTION
E is for EDITING
F is for FICTION
G is for GENRE
H is for HUMOR
I is for IDEA
J is for JEDI
K is for KEYCARDS
L is for LEGEND
M is for MANUSCRIPT
N is for NOVEL
O is for OUTLINE
P is for PROTAGONIST
Q is for QUERY LETTER

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