Procrastination, Snot and Writing

 

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It’s about time I updated you all about my own writing. So far this summer I have one short story provisionally accepted, two rejected and two still waiting on replies. In addition, one poem has been accepted for publication this summer. I also have 2-3 stories I still need to polish and find a home for.

I’m not sure if this is good or bad for a writer – is a 25% success rate good, average, bad? I’m sure you all can share your experiences and let me know. Rejection is always hard but the major problem for me is confidence.

Yes, I’ve had things published, a number now actually, but so what? Many people get things published and are never heard of or are, in literary circles, a joke.

I shouldn’t care about that, I know. I should get on with my creative vision and love the lives I create but sometimes it gets to me. Encouragement and determination are what gets a book written and, I will admit, I have been procrastinating.

I have had god awful hayfever and often it has stopped me from sleeping – the blocked and running nose kind, the prequel to the you-will-never-breathe-again worry. It has made me miserable down to my toes and up to my very foggy head. It felt like I was on lag for weeks.

Thankfully the doctor has prescribed some steroid-based nasal spray and stronger anti-histamines. So far, much better. Here’s hoping to clearer thoughts, and noses!

The reprieve has given me some motivation, enough to finish writing a story for Almond Press’ new anthology ‘After the Fall‘. I have a holiday to go on next week (Latvia here I come) and after that it’s time to delve back into the novel, for better or worse.

As most writers, I just have to give myself one big dose of ‘you aren’t that bad’ and get on with it.

Good luck to the rest of you in my position!

See you all in a week.

Holly Ice

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  1. I read your entry in the Fall anthology & you aren’t that bad! πŸ˜‰ Seriously, you are very very good. Please keep writing. Modest success is better than no success. Besides, who knows what lies around the corner? Good luck, fellow writer/traveller.

    • Awwh thank you so much! I’m so touched you took time out to read my story and very glad you liked it. I am doing my best and you do have a very good point πŸ˜‰ . How are things going with you, fellow writer& world explorer? πŸ™‚

      • Not great at the moment either. Lots of sadness in my life, but will get in with the writing when this time has passed.x

      • Sorry to hear that. I hope you manage to cope with all the emotions okay and come back to your writing with purpose. x

  2. Congratulations on the acceptances! I imagine the holiday next week is just what you need to revive that tired mind and bring you refreshed back to your work. Sometimes I think we can look too hard at it. Enjoy your break!

    • Thank you! Your words scream wisdom and truth to my ears. More than likely I’m in dire need of some time away from the keyboard to get re-inspired. Words turn into squiffy symbols if we stare at them too long, after all.

  3. Seems to me that 25% is a very good acceptance rate, although i guess it depends on are you basing this on a piece submitted to various markets and then accepted or actually how many submissions total over all your pieces? Either way it’s pretty good. I think it’s hard not to want some sort of all powerful letter through the post that confirms you’re a great writer but alas they don’t really exist, just write what you enjoy and ignore the rest!
    On another note – as a writer with a serious illness my suggestion when you’re ill… is to write anyway. Even if you write rubbish that will never see the light of day you will feel much better for it. Of those types of pieces I’ve written there is often an idea or a tiny slice of something good that I can then pick out and put into something more worthwhile.

    • Thanks for the comment and welcome. It is my success rate for the last 4 stories I have submitted this summer – each has only been submitted once so far.

      Yes I know that feel – i think all writers suffer with confidence – it is probably what pushes us to progress and get better and edit over and over.

      Thanks for the support ❀

      In regards to illness, you do have a point. I went in cycles of I should write but I feel crappy and now I feel crappy I didn't write – it just got worse. How do you force yourself to write through a foggy head though? I get frustrated that it's just not good enough.

  4. Just accept that it might be rubbish or it might not. Not everything you write is going to be fantastic. If you managed to write anyway it could be something that will have good bits in it to store for another day. At worst you feel productive.

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