So after waiting 36 days, I finally got a result for one of my stories, and it wasn’t good. My story received another rejection; however, this time I got some feedback, which is great if you can get it. Apparently, my story is confusing. I suppose, with this story, I forgot to switch to my reader’s hat when editing. With my love for twist endings, I think I might have left the reader saying, ‘I don’t get it,’ instead of saying, ‘Oh, I see, you got me there.’ So I’ve put that on the re-editing pile, and after a break, I will read it again, and hopefully, see where the issue lies.
I’ve also recently found out that another story didn’t make the top five of the Spinetinglers competition, but if I’m honest, I wasn’t expecting a yes. I’ve been submitting my stories to there for over a year and never got a yes, so far. My fingers are crossed for the Christmas competition though.
While this week’s news was disappointing, I’m not going to stop there. The editor did say that even after the rejection I am free to submit another story to them. This might be them trying to be polite, but I’ll take it as a, ‘hmm, not right, but try again because there’s potential there.’ So I can’t allow myself to dwell on this rejection. I just need to dust myself off and try again. I have three other stories out there at the moment, so fingers crossed. I did read something that I wrote for my Horror Tree Guest Blog posts. You need to remind yourself of why you are doing this, and remember the good feelings you get from it, whether it’s when you finish a story or if you are published. I did that today, remembered how I felt, and it’s all I need to keep going.
As mentioned before, I’m aiming to enter the Spinetinglers’ Christmas competition. The story I’m working on is scaring me as I write it, so I hope the editor feels the same way when they read the story. It would be nice to win the Spinetinglers’ monthly competition.
This writing journey sure is a long road, but even though I face endless desert and severe dehydration, I must continue until I reach the oasis.
Keep writing, folks!
My latest, The Horror Tree, posts can be found at the links below.