Rejection, Lightening The Load, New Job, OMG! …by Susan Lute
This week, Nancy and I have been a bit down in the dumps. One of my favorite projects got rejected, and since we Jane’s tend to ride the same rail, she and Kim jumped on board to offer solace. We’re better now (aren’t we, girls), so not to worry, but I want to talk about it, because the business of selling your baby is so subjective. You have to learn early on how to take it on the chin, pick yourself up, and move on. If you can’t, you’re in the wrong business, and I’d suggest you take up robbing banks, taking on a Supreme Court Judge, or teaching irascible children. It would be easier.
To aid in my recovery, I dug into my office, put up new shelves, rearranged things, got rid of ‘crap’ that’s been laying around for years, and continued working on the doctor story. Dana is at a crossroads. The road ahead is blocked. There’s no getting through. Should she go left or right?
Life would not be worth the living if it didn’t occasionally throw us a curve ball. My curve ball came in the form of a rejection, and two offers for a job. A job, you say? Yup. Though my big dream is to stay home and write to my heart’s content, it’s become abundantly clear it can’t happen yet. One day. Just not today.
So, here I stand, with crazy Dana, at a crossroad. Behind me, my load has been lightened. In front of me, I have two completely opposite ways to go. Each direction has its merits, and its challenges. The choice in the end will be mine.
I guess that’s the point of today’s blog. Probably I’m writing it more for me, than for you, but how do you decide which direction to go? For yourself, and by a strange extension, your characters?
I actually have the answer, since this is not my first dance. First, be sure to examine all the possibilities. I honestly believe, if you hold out for the gold, everything else will fall into place. Know the pitfalls you’ll encounter. No matter what decision you make, there will be good and bad, but mostly good. In your heart you have to believe that. And in the end, trust your gut. Whatever decision you make, things will turn out for the best (unless you’ve missed all the sign posts on the way).
A writer’s journey is exactly that. A journey. The way is paved with challenges, excitement, disappointments, pulling up your big girl panties, taking charge, making decisions, having fun, brawling with friends, charging full steam ahead (my personal favorite).
So hoist your cups, dear reader. Celebrate with me. This week I got a rejection, eliminated clutter I don’t need, stood on the brink of choosing a new job. And I’m still writing. What better way to spend the glorious days of spring?
Posted on April 22, 2012, in Susan Lute and tagged clean office, clearing the clutter, curve balls, dear reader, down in the dumps, new job, recovery, rejection, riding the rails, spring, Susan Lute, work in progress, writer's life. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.