Red Ink is Therapeutic

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There is something Therapeutic about red ink.

It means there is a process.

Yes. This is a VERY rough draft of one of my stories, but the fact the primary story is on paper is only step one.

The red ink has somehow made me feel better today.

I opened my email and found a few more rejection letters, and of course I went into the spiral of am I good enough, maybe even though I feel whole and love writing, maybe I’m just not good enough to be published. Yadda Yadda Yadda.Β  (I’m not hating on the agents that passed on my project. Obviously, you didn’t think it was your thing. That is ok. πŸ™‚ )

I’m beginning to think that my email carrier is holding on to them and delivering them all at once. Oh look, here is another one. Let’s hold on to it until I have a few more and we will just dump a bunch of them on her all at once. MUUUAHAHHHHHHHHHAHAHHAHA!

UGG!!! Seriously?! MUST VENT!

Of course I vented to my Mommy ( because my Mommy is totally awesome ), and of course being the totally awesome Mommy she is, she just told me that basically I just haven’t found the right agent yet. She’s right of course. Why are Mother’s always right about these things?

So I dove into editing, which has made me feel better and rejuvenated. Seeing the red ink is very therapeutic to me today.

What do you do when you receive rejection letters? What do you do to make yourself feel better about it?

6 thoughts on “Red Ink is Therapeutic

  1. I went through something similar yesterday (feeling rejected). I had someone look over the first chapter of my manuscript and she stopped at the top of the second page to ask a bunch of questions that would have been answered if she read further. She was put off by the word “grotesque” because it sounded awkward and she didn’t like the word “saliva” either. She would have liked the words “shiny liquid” better. Long story short, my story obviously wasn’t her cup of tea, but others have liked what they’ve been reading so far.

    You will definitely find the right agent that will mesh well with you and one who will “get” your story. Mama knows best. I still go to my mommy when I need comfort πŸ™‚ She told me not to listen to that woman from yesterday. I told my mom the service was free (to have someone check your writing) and she said “you get what you paid for. A free service from a woman who doesn’t have the credentials to tell you squat!” xD

    Keep up the good work, Kim. Like I said, I can’t wait to read your story and I know I’ll see your book on Amazon one day (or where ever you’d like for it to be purchased)!

    • Thanks Hun.

      I had someone at work say they don’t like the word blood and I asked if they would prefer plasma instead. They just laughed. Said the phrase their plasma covered the blade … Just didn’t have the same ring to it.

      Sometimes the words we chose are for a reason. Glad you are able to put off her negative thoughts.

      I know I’ll be fine, was just like what the what? When last time I had a bunch come in on my birthday and then more come in on my daddy’s angel-versery, was just a hard pill to swallow is all.

  2. My beta reader told me the other day that she wouldn’t have read my book based on the synopsis. I was actually grinning like an idiot because I knew it meant she hadn’t sugar coated any of the good feedback πŸ™‚

    • Sometimes what we write isn’t someones “cup of tea”. I don’t blame you for “grinning like an idiot” knowing her good feedback was true.

      Thanks for stopping by. πŸ˜€

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