What happens after the first draft?
I didn’t know there was supposed to be a second draft when I began my first novel as a wee seventh-grader. I thought you write the story, tweak it for grammar, send it off to the publisher, and become a bestseller. Simple.
The first draft is just the beginning. The real writing comes with revisions. The problem is, how on earth do you do that?
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That’s a great motivational quote. Except it’s a lot easier to share it on social media than to internalize its meaning.
Rejection is a horrible experience, especially in the publishing business. To authors, their books are practically their children. For years, they brainstormed, wrote, revised, worried, cried, nearly chucked the drafts into the trash, and finally—finally!—felt confident to send it off to the world. Yet the world sends it back. It stings, especially for new writers entering the publishing game with big dreams and thin skin.
Frankly, after a rejection of my own, I’m not the mood to preach why rejection is a good thing and why writers should embrace it as a way of life. This post exists to validate the emotions of a publisher’s rejection. Like therapy, except free and more entertaining.
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Why? Many pragmatic and intelligent people have asked fiction writers.
Why waste your time with stories that aren’t real?
Why spend years suffering through self-doubt, and rejection when your work may never be published?
Why not pursue a steadier, more profitable profession?
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