Quick-Tip Tuesday: Challenge Revisited, and Setting Our Work Goals

Back in February, in a post called “A Challenge to All — Time to Take the Plunge,” I issued a challenge to readers of Magical Words. Take that novel that you’ve been working on, the one that you know is almost done, but feel needs one final tweak, and get it ready for submission to some publisher by October 1. Remember?

Well, we’re in the dog days of summer and fall begins in less than a month. So how’s it going?

Setting goals of any sort can be a tricky business. I had goals for this year, and while I’ve met many of them, I still have several more that I’ve yet to address and, frankly, I don’t know if I’ll complete all of them before year’s end. Sometimes life gets in the way, as it has this year for me. Issues come up that we can’t possibly anticipate, family […]

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Three things every writer should know (to maintain what’s left of their sanity)

1) No matter who you are or how brilliantly you write, someone somewhere won’t like it.

This is important to know not only for the submission process, where you =will= get rejections and will need to persevere, but for afterward, when your work is out there on the market to fend for itself with reviewers and readers alike. I have never had a project that every single publishing house has bid on, not even from my biggest best-sellers. Does this mean that the editors who passed have bad taste or some kind of super secret agenda? No. It means that it wasn’t to their taste or their needs at the time. Or they have something already on their list they consider too similar or they can’t get approval to beat the offer already on the table. Or … You see the point. Rejection isn’t personal. Likewise, with some exceptions, like […]

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