Friday, December 01, 2006

The Ups and Downs

This writing life is full of ups and downs. In a week I've experienced the joys of making breakthroughs on a first draft, setting and meeting word count goals, finding a smash-bang finish for this first draft and having an idea for a whole new book. Wheee! On the upswing!
Juxtapose that with a rejection of the latest novel from a publishing house, and the news that a publishing house that was taking a closer look at my second novel has decided "not to pursue" that manuscript any further. ARGH! On the downswing!
I moped for a day and mentally kicked a few trash cans. Thought about quitting for awhile. Wondered if that door to publication would ever open, if I would ever hear the words, "Yes, this is what we're looking for."
Words wouldn't come yesterday. I only wrote about 300 of them.
Today is a new day, and as the Word says in Lamentations, God's mercies are new every morning. I reached my goal of 30K words total, even though we did school, I made a run to the bank, and the construction circus was in town.
Progress on the new addition: Lots of digging, backfilling, decking, trenching, draining...and hammering. The contractor is making great progress in spite of the cold temperatures. They expect to have it closed in by week after next.
I have lots to be thankful for.


  1. The worst thing about being a writer is the rejection. No matter what THEY say, it always feels personal. And dirty darn, it always hurts! There is a good side to it though--knowing some day you can get a smug grin on your face at all the publishers who let your gem slip through their publishing doors. It WILL happen.
    Your new addition won't be built in a day and neither will your writing career. Just keep plugging away and make sure you wear heavy boots when you kick those trash cans.

  2. To everything there is a season.

  3. Anonymous12:16 PM

    Hang in there, Erica! Someone out there will appreciate your talent soon!