Lately I've been thinking I'm having a 'wobbly' start to the year on the writing front.
Hardly surprising really. For years 'Mills and Boon' publication was my dream, my goal, the thing I wiggled my toes about under the bed-clothes just before I fell asleep. Truly. I love Mills and Boon books from the heart. So when I got an R with no comps slip last year while I took it on the chin - hey I'm a veteran of writing now girlies - I think I then got delayed traumatic shock. Where had my dream gone? What would I do? Of course I did what any addict does, I transferred my addiction elsewhere pronto to avoid the emotional strain. And even when that rejection said good things I then got that confusion void.
So cutting to the chase. The mojo has needed serious counselling. A serious Stephen Covey meets Romance Diva motivational top up!
And it's with a great sense of renewed faith that I refer you to the wise words on Pat White's website. Rejections are 'road sign posts' to your goals. Don't take it personally. And tomorrow you may well nail it because it's about 'what's selling now'. Use this knowledge and continue. How true is that! How cool is that! I should add that Pat reveals in her website that she was a six time Golden Heart finalist. Wow.
In essence hang onto the good comments and keep at it. Take heed of the signs and let them guide you forward.
The truly lovely Nina Harrington also told me of the many books she'd written before her wonderful sale of Always The Bridesmaid (and what a wonderful book that was!) I suppose it's all about growing, learning, serving that important apprenticeship with your own creativity. Just doing it. Believing. Nina's route map changed but she kept one constant her focus. THE WRITING. She used the signs to go forward!
I have a lovely signed book from my biggest writing inspiration to date, Michelle Styles that just says 'believe!' How true!
So now I feel guilty for going 'foggy' and 'wimpy' again. 'Determination' must prevail.
I'm back to reading those signs and chanting the positives from those three motivational authors. Onwards I go with vigour.
Not so much blogging. Not so much web surfing.
More writing done: one submission made with another in prepartion.
New project started (yey!)