What I Learned

It’s been while since my last update. Admittedly, I’ve gotten out of practice over the summer. You know how it goes, long days and warm weather combine for relaxed atmosphere. You start to drop your guard. A vacation here, a trip to the river or the lake there, and before you know it your daily word count is thrown off.

But fall is upon us. Football has returned, soon the premiere of all the annual TV shows will follow. It’s time to return to form. I’ve been diligently working on getting back into practice with my writings these past couple of weeks. Now it’s time to revisit this site and blog.

But, I do have an interesting update. During this hiatus, I was able to participate in Pitch Wars, a primarily Twitter based competition. Basically I pitched my novel manuscript to four potential mentors by submitting a query letter and the first chapter of my novel. What a scary experience.

I don’t mean that in a negative way either. I mean scary from the standpoint of it being the first time I’ve ever submitting any of my writing publicly. Ok, I’m not counting my writings here on this blog so cut me some slack.

What I mean is, for the first time I took that leap off of the cliff in the hope of spreading my wings and flying. Did it work? Yes and no. I wasn’t selected by a mentor. In fact, I kind of received my first rejection letter, (I printed it, I think I’m going to collect them like trophies).

That could mean several things. I’m not going to allow my mind to wonder on what the negatives could be. After all, there were around 3,000 entrants this year. Instead, I will focus on improving and celebrating this small victory. I’ve heard from several sources that winning is a mindset and that you don’t ever lose, you either win or you learn. I learned.

Sure I jumped off the cliff. No, I didn’t quite spread my wings and soar. What I did discover is that the ground is soft and jumping doesn’t kill you. Next time, I’ll leap from a higher perch. 

Until next time….

-Express Your Creativity-

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Tan M Butler says:

    Well done for submitting work, that’s what you take from it now and the more you do it the more good things are bound to happen. Wishing you all the best!

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    1. Thanks for the comment! And congratulations on your recent accolades.

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