It’s the first Wednesday in the month and IWSG Time has come around again.
IWSG, a writer’s support group created by Alex Cavanaugh, is a big help to many of us who don’t mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement to others.
So, if you are interested and would like to join, please go to the IWSG Website at
My article is posted below.
Finding yourself takes time,
Loving yourself demands attention,
Being friendly to you requires effort,
As new tasks initiate struggles,
Reading generates new ideas,
Writing implement action,
Waiting, while writing,
From rejection to acceptance
Continuing is the key.
The stability of a writer depends on how well he or she deals with a failure within his heart and head while he or she waits for acceptance.
To be honest, I am still recovering from the A to Z Blog Challenge. I am reading a lot. Reading relieves my tension as one rejection after another comes.
The question that nags me is how long before I get my first acceptance? Patience dwindles, and I know I have to get a grip on my mind before I fall into the hole of despair.
Baudjuin said, "No matter how hard you work for success, if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors and make success impossible."
I truly believe this; so I am always renewing my mind with encouraging quotations and Bible verses.
"The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail." Edwin Land
“Failing is one of the greatest arts in the world. One fails toward success.” Charles Kettering
“Failure provides the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.” Henry Ford
“The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” Thomas Watson Sr.
Therefore, I am doubling my failure rate by raising my submission quota as I keep failing toward success.
Jack London received 600 rejections slips before selling his first story.
Gertrude Stein submitted over twenty years before her first poem was accepted.
John Creasey got 753 rejections before he published 564 books.
That was tenacity!
My Report for this month:
Submissions: None. Five SS in the revision process.
Rejection: The Masters Review
Outstanding from May: acceptance or rejection regardingShort Stories to Wigleaf and to the Diverse Voices Quarterly.
All quotations are taken from the website, But They Did Not Give Up, Link: http://www.uky.edu/~eushe2/Pajares/OnFailingG.html