Writing has become a passion in my life. I didn’t take my writing seriously until a few years ago. They say the more you write, the better you get. So, with a deep breath and fingers crossed, I’ve submitted a few things out into the world.
Writing is an incredibly personal thing. Thoughts, ideas, hopes & wishes come directly from your heart, mind and soul and end up on a page. Part of us is in every key stroke.
I get feedback from friends and family on my writing, but I can’t help but think that their opinions are biased. (they love me!)
I’ve started getting back some rejections and I’ve had a few small things published. The rejections sting a little bit. You can’t help but feel that way. BUT they are also a badge of honor. You did the work. You finished something you started and you had the guts to let other humans have a glimpse into your heart.
But with the rejections, I didn’t have any idea WHY.
I submitted a couple of things to WOW! Women on Writing and asked for a critique. It was just a small contest. I got that critique back yesterday.
My heart was pounding as I opened that email. I did not place in the contest. I would not go on the the next round of finalists. That stung just a little, but more importantly, “The Critique, The Critique! What did they think?!!”
I got some very good feedback about how I could have expanded my story to create more interest, etc. They also scored me on technical. I MISSPELLED a word. Gawd!
Overall, you are scored between 1 and 15 for content, technical, etc. I scored an 11.
12 or more would have moved me to the next round. At first, I was bummed. But then, I realized…what a minute! An 11? Hell, that a C or maybe even a C+ !!
I Don’t Suck!