There is no maximum number of rejections you can get before you should stop writing. But you should mark the milestones regardless:
100 rejections: Go to Google and search for your favorite author and see if you can find how many rejections THEY got before they had a sale. This will also test your Google skills, as the search may be difficult. Learn about JK Rowling’s homelessness, etc.
200 rejections: Send a favorite author an email. Ask for an atta-girl/boy. Or if that scares you, tweet @MykeCole (who may also be your favorite author!) and say you need encouragement. He will deliver. Or heck, tweet at me – @mightymur.
300 rejections: Join a writer’s group. If you can’t find one, create one at your local library.
400 rejections: Go to your vineyard’s* website and order a cheap bottle of wine to feel sorry for yourself, and order the most expensive bottle you can because you are a damn working writer and deserve to be rewarded for it.
500 rejections: start a betting pool to see how many rejections you will gather before you get a sale. [may be illegal in your state]
600 rejections: Start your own podcast.
* I know wine isn’t everyone’s thing. Consider chocolate, or potato chips, or coffee. Whatever decadence you enjoy.”
Originally posted in Writer Unboxed.
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Bring honor to your NaNoWriMo novel! Earn badges for editing last year’s NaNo novel.
Editing Badge #3: Killing Blow
The bearer of this badge has completed their editing quest and brought honor to their 2013 NaNoWriMo novel.
How to Earn: Edit your 2013 NaNoWriMo until it’s the best you can possibly make it on your own. Start with addressing the items you put on your Editing To Do list in the previous step and then go through the whole project several times until you get your book to be as good as you can make it yourself. In short, you want to create a draft that you can get out to beta readers who can give you feedback that will guide your next steps. But any feedback you get from readers is going to be that much more useful if you take care of the big things yourself first. The better a draft you give your beta readers, the better the feedback you’ll get back so your focus is to edit it not to perfect but to as good as you can make it on its own.
When you reach the point when you know something’s still missing but you don’t know what it is, that’s when you know you’re done.
Deadline: September 30th, 2014. This way you can hand your draft off to beta readers and then throw yourself into NaNoWriMo 2014 while they read it. It will be a welcome distraction from the novel (which you’ll be fairly sick of at this point) and, once NaNo 2014 is over, you’ll be fresh and ready to approach your beta comments with a new eye after having worked on something else for a while. Then you’re just a few more edits away from a final draft.
Once you’ve completed handed your draft off to beta readers, post in this thread and commiserate about the editing process with everyone else who’s been there.
I answered this question yesterday, and have been asked to make it rebloggable. SO HERE IT IS:I write a lot, I’ve been told by a lot of people that i’m good, some say i’m even good enough to get published. My only problem is that i reach about half way into the book, or long story and i start thinking to myself, Why am i doing this? Will it be good enough for people to read? then i delete the file or throw away the pages i was working on so i never actually finish it. Is this something all writers must face? and do you have any advice on how to push past it?
It happens to me. It happens to pretty much everyone I know. Any writers who DO NOT go through this…they keep quiet about it.
Many people labor under the illusion that, for some reason, all your writing should be awesome right away or you should give up. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The trick to finishing a book? Is finishing it.
The trick to getting through the middle? Is working through to the end.
The trick to pushing past that point? Is to abandon ALL FEAR of being bad. Wrap your arms around the idea of being bad.
MOST THINGS are bad when you are first learning or doing them.
DARE TO SUCK at it. The world will not explode if your draft is bad. Or even if the book is bad when it’s totally rewritten and done. You need to be really bad for a long time, so GET COMFORTABLE WITH IT. Seriously. Not a word of a joke or a lie.
Think about it. If you were, say, playing the violin, would you expect to pick it up and INSTANTLY BE GREAT AT IT? No. You will suck at it until you learn how to do it, and you learn how to do it by sucking at it for a long time and practicing. The same with sports, and dancing, and other instruments, and really many, many things in life.
Many people who are FAMOUS FOR WRITING write terrible things EVERY DAY. They do not worry. Writing a thing badly is often a critical step on the path to writing it well.
If you give up, it does not get finished.
So do not give up. Keep going, even through fear and the annoyance and the boredom and the blocks and the crisis of talent and all of those things. They are ghosts in the mist. Just walk right through them. It sounds both hard and simple, I know, but that is the way.
Editing Badge #2: Glancing Blow
The bearer of this badge has completed the second task in their editing quest to bring honor to their 2013 NaNoWriMo novel.
How to Earn: Read through your 2013 NaNoWriMo novel a second time, taking notes and making a list of things that are good and things to fix (aka an Editing To Do list). We’re not talking about typos here, that’s one of the very last steps. Instead, go through your novel again and focus on the big picture. Does the plot make sense? Are the characters consistent? Does the book tell the story you were trying to tell?
We aren’t actually going to change anything in our manuscript itself yet. Just make a list of everything you want to remember to fix and don’t forget to note down your favorite parts as a reminder of what you want to keep. This list will be your blueprint as you start the editing process in earnest.
Once you’ve completed your list, post in this thread and tell us three things you still like about your novel no matter how much work there still is to do.
Have you earned this badge? Reblog to claim.
Editing Badge #1: First Blood
The bearer of this badge has completed the first task in their editing quest to bring honor to their 2013 NaNoWriMo novel.
How to Earn: Read your entire 2013 NaNoWriMo novel. This is a read through ONLY. No editing, revising or making any changes. Just read through every single word to give yourself a picture of exactly what you have. If you don’t think you can stop yourself from editing it if you read it on your computer, print it out. Put your feet up, take a deep breath, and read through every single word.
Once you’ve read through your entire novel, post in this thread and share one of the worst sentences from your draft. Is it a typo? A grammatical train wreck? Just something that doesn’t make a lick of sense because you wrote it in a word sprint? Let’s all have a good laugh over it.
Have you earned this badge? Reblog to claim.
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