Rejection...Criticism...the things we all have in common.
The 'R' word is a tough pill to swallow, however we have all heard it in some form or another. But as a writer, trying to get out into the world, trying to get noticed; that word hurts to the core.
This is your baby that you've been working on for what feels like YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. You finally have it completed and you think "now is the time that it will get picked up, put on bookshelves, and sold. Later a movie deal." Then the emails come back and it's not turning out how you thought it would...but let's face it; life never does. Get the chocolate, the wine, the 'whatever makes you happy' stuff out of the way and dust it all off.
People get rejected every day, but there wouldn't be success stories if those people didn't move along. Research the heck out of query letters and see what exactly you might be missing, find peers to glance over what you have and see if they notice something, or maybe...that specific person that you sent that query to, or those multiple people; they aren't the ones for you.
Do the research, if you feel you have done all you can in that avenue- change your path. There are publishing companies out there looking for you. Or of course, the ever-growing Self Publishing biz is always ready for a new face and new story. Don't let this one time, or even handfuls of rejections let you stop from following your dream. You'll get there, but only if you push yourself. It takes time, effort, a solid foundation to find your footing on this massive adventure. Don't let it get away from you.
Just remember, Harry Potter was rejected 12 times before J.K Rowling found success!
So, it looks like your characters don't want to be part of the current time period. It's time to do your research.
What era are they from? When you figure that out, next is coming up with the proper speech. The dialogue has to match. A little understanding of the language and clothing they wore can go a long way in your story. Keep notes on the language, clothing, what they did to pass the time, major events that happened then or could happen (if your character is in the future).
If they've evolved with the times, that can be a bit easier, but research is always necessary. Don't be afraid to dive in and let your character tell you what they want, you can always go back and clarify later. It's exciting either way to do a period piece. Showing a new perspective on a society that many are not aware of. It's amazing to be able to show a new side of time that your readers don't know about or showing them a whole take on the world in general.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!! In this blog I want to write about my trials & errors and give tips for new writers. Also, since I love to read, I will be giving reviews of books from any genre. Today though, I wanted to talk about one important thing that helps me keep my mind in order through the writing process...Keeping a notebook or journal.
As a new writer starting off, I had to find my routine and my style. Everyone is different and I learned that through joining Facebook writing/author groups...which I recommend joining. It's nice to meet like minded (meaning other people that hear voices and have conversations with made up characters) people. ...off topic
Back on... Always have pens or pencils, whichever you prefer, and always Notebooks. I have a specific notebook at work designated for writing and ideas, notebook in the dining room, something in the living room, and another in the bedroom. I even have a notepad in my purse along with a pen.
It may be like this because I'm getting older and can't remember, but even as I'm writing this post, I'm doing it via my phone on a notepad because my brain wouldn't shut off until this was done. At 12:18AM...this is how a writer's brain works...it never stops.
That's what the notebooks are for. Our characters never really sleep. They are there, waiting to get their story told. They don't care what time it is or where you are, they want it done right then. If you were not to write it down and walk away... you would forget or the never be able to recreate it. That's the worst! Please don't let this happen to you...
If you have a book you would like to be included in my book review articles, Id be happy to work with you! Im also looking for Co-Bloggers if anyone is interested. Happy writing!