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I Don’t Suck! Who Knew?!!

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!



Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

18 thoughts on “I Don’t Suck! Who Knew?!!

  1. To get feedback and to score an 11 reveal that your definitely does NOT suck. Keep writing. You are correct that the more you write, the more your writing improves. Bravo to you for sending your work off into the world. Rejection happens to all of us. Then you just dust off your work, make changes if necessary and resend to a new market.


  2. You silly thing! Of course, you don’t! You’re honing. Every great writer hones their work till it’s where they want it to be. Now that you have this critique, you know where to hone. Hone on!! ❤️


  3. Wow I’m happy for you, 11 is very good.

    I submitted a short story last month (among 2000 other stories), 1st I didn’t win and 2nd I haven’t been given 11 out of 15; i haven’t been mentioned AT-ALL!
    So…. I think that you stand in a better place 😉


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