Friday, October 1, 2010

Inspiration for a Friday

Well, I was trying a new feature to post for today, but I'm not thinking it's going to work.

Here's what I want to know: What keeps you going? What inspires you to hit send one more time for yet another query? What keeps you writing when the going gets tough?

I'm preparing myself...the rejections are bound to come. That's just part of being a writer.

But I want to make the best of it. I don't want to let it get me down.

What are your tips, tricks, and ideas?

I'm planning to dive head-first into my next WIP. That alone is inspiring.


Abby Stevens said...

I know it sounds corny, but it's honestly true: if I know I've done my very best and have produced something I am proud of, rejection can only hurt so much.

KO said...

Working on something else helps me ease the anxiety... though I become an email-checking maniac anyway.

Some rejection is inevitable. I think really considering the odds is helpful. (Only the top 1% get requests by that agent, then the top 1% of that 1% may get representation). The competition is fierce.

Also, you don't have to have dozens of agents vying for your book to find the right agent. You need only to connect with the right one.

Sarah Enni said...

I've also heard that working on something else is seriously the best way to distract yourself.

You could also try a reward system to keep balance. Like, for every rejection you get to have one Hershey Kiss. Be good to you, you know?

Amie Kaufman said...

I think one way you can prepare is to have a stack more queries ready to go, so that even if you feel rotten when a particular rejection comes in, it won't take much effort to get the next query out, because you've personalised it and it's all ready.

That, and chocolate. And keeping on telling yourself that it's going to make a better story this way.