Monday, April 19, 2010

Glitter, Butts, and Rejection

I wish I could remember which author said it, but I once read, “nobody farts glitter.” I love that! Did you get a visual? Me too. The glitter is blue.


I’m devouring information about the craft of writing, and my simple brain has divided the process into four steps:

  1. Write the manuscript
  2. Make the manuscript great
  3. Send the manuscript out
  4. Begin a new manuscript

Or, as Nathan Bransford reminded us in last week’s post, Jane Yolen so eloquently calls it BIC (butt in chair).


One way to guarantee I’ll never get published? Not sending out my work. So, I’m sending out my best stuff. What’s the worst that will happen? Rejection? In the grand scheme of things, I think that’s a pretty small consequence. Does it feel good? Heck no. Rejections sting.


It’s been a looooooong time since I’ve dated, thank goodness. But I loved this hilarious “just not that into you” post by Shelli. She compares rejection letters to dating. How clever is that?





17 comments:

  1. I love your four step process! Sounds guaranteed to work to me! #4 is oh so important, never stop writing. Love that!

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  2. You're so right, Heather. And your journey is an inspiration for the rest of us.

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  3. LOL

    i couldn't stop thinking about those opening lines!! hahaha

    why BLUE glitter?? (i was thinking rainbow!)

    i wonder what this says about us..?

    hehehe

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  4. Rainbow! Yes, that would have been more glamorous. Blue just came to mind...eeew! Thanks for stopping by. I LOVE your blog!

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  5. So simple, so true and so ... hard to come to grips with. Aaack! I'm going to forever think about this and remember how Julie reminds me that nobody farts glitter!

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  6. LOL! What a thing to be remembered for!

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  7. OMG Julie you rock! What a great post. Who would fart blue glitter? Fairies? Do fairies fart? My brain hurts.

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  8. I think blue glitter would be tough to clean, don't you? That funny quote reminded me that our wip's don't have to be perfect the first time around, or third, or fourth.....ahhhh!

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  9. I don't know about you guys...BUT I do fart glitter, course I do a lot of arts-n-crafts with little kids ;P

    Julie you have a great & healthy writer mentality! Loved those concise and 4 simple steps. Thx!

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  10. Hey Slushy, what color glitter do YOU fart?

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  11. *cheers* This is exactly right! If we quit, we'll never know what could have been. But if we continue on this path, we will succeed. :)

    BTW, I have to tell you, your picture kept reminding me of an actress from an old movie and it's been driving me bonkers trying to figure out who. Finally it hit me--it's Bruce Willis's wife off of The Last Boy Scout. The actress' name is Chelsea Fields. I found a pic of her but in TLB, her hair is shorter, like yours.

    http://www.fanpix.net/picture-gallery/405/503405-chelsea-field-picture.htm

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  12. Angela, what fun information! I don't think I've heard of her. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. LOL! That first quote cracked me up! I've never heard that before. Also, I love that you linked to Shelli's post. Isn't it the greatest?!? So clever...

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  14. I neglected to mention that quote related to first drafts. See? Even my first draft of a blog wasn't quite right! Yes, Shelli's blog is great, and so is yours!

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