I’ve been on both sides.
Receiving rejection and providing rejection.
Trust me, both sides suck.
What you need to understand as a writer, in spite of the sting you feel, is that rejection of your story isn’t a rejection of you. Art is subjective, so don’t feel so bad.
I’ve read a lot of writing advice over the years. One important thing I took away from that advice is that success usually involves perseverance. Don’t give up because you receive a rejection. Persevere.
So steel your heart and keep writing/submitting!
I read Stephen King voraciously when I was a kid. I can remember being excited enough about the release of The Stand: The Complete & Uncut, that I biked my fat-ass up to the airport. It was the only place in town that had it.
For some reason, I stopped reading him not too long after that. I think it was because I had found other writers like Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Shane Stevens, and many more.
King was really responsible for driving my interest in the genre. He introduced me to a lot of writers who I now consider my favourites.
I’m embarking on a personal readathon of the complete works of Stephen King. I will be reading them in publication order but I might change this a bit when I hit the Dark Tower series or the Bachman Books and try to read them in bunches.
So, to start at the beginning, you have to start with Carrie. Published in April of 74, it’s been kept in the public eye through various adaptations.
If you want to read along, feel free to start now. I’ll post something in ways of a review over the next week or so.
UPDATE: This has fallen by the wayside for now.
In an effort to complete Crowdog: SNOWBOUND, I decided to sign up for WeSeWriMo (that’s Web Serial Writing Month)
What is WeSeWriMo?
It’s a month long writing marathon hosted by the lovely folks over at EpiGuide Webfiction and Web Entertainment Community. Inspired by NaNoWriMo, it’s a chance for writers of serial fiction to really push themselves.
- 8 more chapters of roughly 1500-2000 words in length
- Updates every Monday morning & Friday night starting on August 5th, 2013
I’ve always planned to have this storyline run about novella length (or novelette length– Whatever you would consider 16,000-20,000 words to be) & just the first piece in a larger series.
Crowdog is kinda like David Banner or Kwai Chang Caine. He’s got wanderlust that is going to bring him to different places, where he’s inevitably going to meet some interesting people, and probably kick some ass like Mack Bolan or Remo Williams.