Discarded on a shelf

“The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.” – John Campbell

Are you like one of these writers who never believed enough in themselves to take a chance?  I was, for several years.  I had huge dreams, high hopes but no foundation.  My self-esteem was in the dumps.  I had a voice but it was weak, barely above a whisper.  A meek writer will be crushed if you attempt to dive into the slush piles of the writing word.

Rejection is a given.  Even the great writers of our time have faced it.  So will you.  BUT…will you rise above it?  Will you continue to learn, to grow?  Will you face rejection head on and say “I’m one step closer to a yes?”

I encourage you today to pick up that old notebook, dust off the box in the attic with all of your brainstorming, open the computer file that has been giving you evil eyes for the past few years and read through it.  Sure, it might be awful.  But that’s the beauty of editing.  A good edit can polish the ugliest lump of coal into a perfect diamond.


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