Monday, 24 May 2010

I Sold A Story!

I haven't had a sale since early autumn, so the email telling me The Weekly News wants to buy one of my stories was very welcome indeed. I know rejection is part of the writer's lot, but rejection after rejection after rejection, from editors and agents, can be tough at times. I'm a fairly confident person, determined to persevere, and I expect many more rejections than acceptances - but even so, at times over recent months I've felt really down and wondered what the world would lose if I gave up writing altogether. As it happens, the world would lose very, very little - but I would lose a lot, because really I love writing for its own sake, and can't stop doing it, even when quitting seems like a good idea. Remembering that is the key, I think - but a little external validation now and then is SUCH a help. So now I feel all happy, and pleased with myself, and cheerful.

My workload has calmed down, too, so life is sweet right now, especially as the sun is shining. Although apparently it's going to be much cooler tomorrow... when my new barbecue is due to be delivered... typical!!

9 comments:

HelenMHunt said...

Congratulations. I know exactly what you mean about the external validation. We all need it occassionally don't we?

KarenG said...

Congratulations a million times over! Sounds like it came at just the right time, when you were ready to give up. Awesome!! So glad to read this today. It makes me happy. I'm doing the happy dance for you :)

Lane said...

Well done indeed! Excellent stuff. And I really like your view on giving up - 'the world would lose a little but I would lose a lot'. That's it exactly!

Hope it stays sunny enough to break in your bbq:-)

Bernadette said...

Well done to you!

You really deserve it and I'm delighted for you.

Talli Roland said...

That's awesome - congrats! Grab a drink, celebrate, and enjoy the lovely weather!

JJ Beattie said...

Fantastic. The glums can be hard but they usually pass when I realise that I don't have a choice in this writing lark.

Debs said...

Brilliant news. Congratulations.

LilyS said...

Congratulations!!! That is fab news. Here's hoping for some fab weather so you can celebrate with a bbq :)

Pat said...

Congrats! What shall we spend it on?