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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: Acceptance or Rejection
By Annette Agnello
01/13/07


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“You’re going to write a play?”

“Yes, is there something wrong with that?”

“No, There’s nothing wrong with writing a play, it’s just that you can’t write.”

There it was again, “You can’t,” why did everyone always say that? She had dreams and had written some grand plays for herself and her dolls in her mind as far back as she could remember. The idea she could put something on paper brought out the can’t’s.

This is a fictitious conversation I have never written a play, I write articles, poems and the occasional short story, and how to articles. Is anyone interested in tatting (that is an ancient method of making lace which dates back to the 1600's.) Actually I go through periods of knowing I am a good writer and periods of wondering if my writing stank like four day old fish kept out on a sunny day. In times like that I back off from writing and make things with my hands where the hardest thing I have to do is keep count of the stitches to make a pattern. Or I do needle point, or cross stitch, or simply paint something. It is nice to be able to finish something for yourself, without other people’s opinion mattering.

I have just read a delightful article called, Hello? Is Anybody There? By Daphne Dykeman which can be found at http://www.absolutewrite.com/freelance_writing/hello.htm. In this article she talks about having a good editor in the local paper who published nearly everything she wrote usually with few or no changes. Then when that editor moved on Mrs Dykeman couldn’t get anything she wrote noticed. That sounded painfully familiar. My first editor either published most all of my work or sent it along to some publisher friends who printed it in their publications. I had a couple of wonderful years like in the article. But then my Editor did not move on and get replaced but the whole publication disappeared. I guess whole magazines can get rejected, editors, authors, and all.

In Mrs Dykeman’s article when the editor who had no interest in her work moved on her replacement liked Mrs Dykeman’s work as much as the first editor had. With the entire publication gone I was not that fortunate. I had to work through the rejection and keep submitting it was a hard process to go through.

If one place doesn’t seen interested in your work try another. Theodore Gisizel, a. k. a. Dr Seuss is an example of someone repeatedly rejected than accepted, becoming immensely popular. He just came to mind there have been people in every form of writing that have gotten rejections or worse ignored as in Mrs Dykeman’s article’s title. After months of waiting you begin to wonder if your brain child ever arrived at his destination, or if he was so completely rejected he was simply tossed in the garbage with the rest of the trash. When you try placing the article somewhere else you doubt its quality. Take heart it may be exactly what that publication was looking for.


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darlene hight01/18/07
Yep the writing life is not easy but is it worth it? Now there is a question! Thanks for sharing your story.
Jan Ackerson 01/20/07
This had lots of encouragement in it.

I was confused a bit, though--it started out like a short story, with dialog and a "she" character, but then it became an essay about your writing experience. Perhaps a second look to clear that up?

Thanks for sharing your experiences, for the benefits of your fellow writers.
Marilyn Schnepp 01/21/07
Been there/Done That! Two newspapers in my city; one Editor published everything I wrote - the other published only a very few. It all depends on the individual Editor, their likes and dislikes of a paticular type of writing. Just like the Judges here, or anywhere you send in manuscripts; it's the name of the game. Very interesting and enlightening info for the Writer, not to mention useful. Thanks.
Leigh MacKelvey01/21/07
Very good information for one who has never sent anything in to a magazine editor! Thanks for the encouragement.