I’m redefining rejection and competition misses. Rejection is a part of the submission process, or at least a frequent result of it, so a thick skin is a must-have. Instead of the F word immediately springing to mind – and I mean failure, not the other one – I see it as an opportunity to breathe new life into my prose. It’s a much more positive approach: looking at a piece of work that may have been submitted weeks or months before, with fresh eyes. A kind of renaissance. A welcome chance to reboot and revitalise those stories. Make them tighter, make sure they work … just make them better. And if a particular story has run its course, move on.
write more → submit more → improve more