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Boredom

Boredom is a hurdle placed by God to test your patience so just live through it and move on.

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Moments

There are significant moments in everyone’s day that can make literature.  That’s what you ought to write about.

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The right word

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightening and a lightening bug – mark twain

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Famous writers who were rejected

  • “This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’. Just keep looking for the right address.” – Barbara Kingsolver
  • “I got a rejection letter from an editor at HarperCollins, who included a report from his professional reader. This report shredded my first-born novel, laughed at my phrasing, twirled my lacy pretensions around and gobbed into the seething mosh pit of my stolen clichés. As I read the report, the world became very quiet and stopped rotating. What poisoned me was the fact that the report’s criticisms were all absolutely true. The sound of my landlady digging in the garden got the world moving again. I slipped the letter into the trash…knowing I’d remember every word.” – David Mitchell
  • “Rejections slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them.” – Isaac Asimov
  • “I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” – Sylvia Plath
  • “You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.” – Ray Bradbury
  • “Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  • “Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.” – James Lee Burke
  • “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.”  – Neil Gaiman 
  • “I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, ‘To hell with you.’“ – Saul Bellow
  • “To ward off a feeling of failure, she joked that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejection slips, which she chose not to see as messages to stop, but rather as tickets to the game.” – Anita Shreve 
  • “Often, you have to fail as a writer before you write that bestselling novel or ground-breaking memoir. If you’re failing as a writer – which it definitely feels like when you’re struggling to write regularly or can’t seem to earn a living as a freelance writer – maybe you need to take a long-term perspective.” – J.K. Rowling  
  • “Rejection has value. It teaches us when our work or our skillset is not good enough and must be made better. This is a powerful revelation, like the burning UFO wheel seen by the prophet Ezekiel, or like the McRib sandwich shaped like the Virgin Mary seen by the prophet Steve Jenkins. Rejection refines us. Those who fall prey to its enervating soul-sucking tentacles are doomed. Those who persist past it are survivors. Best ask yourself the question: what kind of writer are you? The kind who survives? Or the kind who gets asphyxiated by the tentacles of woe?” – Chuck Wendig.
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Expectations

Every expectation is a reach too far. Every fall is a lesson. Eventually, you will learn the art of letting whatever is beyond your reach remain there, no matter how appealing or important it appears. Even if its something you desperately need, even if it’s something you think you cannot live without. 

-gary zukav

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The best time to write

Often, writers are asked if there is a best time to write. People ask for the best time because they think that’s when a writer is at his best. Simply not true because the best time to write is anytime when you want to write. 

I like to write after I have my tea, cook breakfast, see off my husband, attend a few calls. Then I prop the laptop on a pillow and start writing undisturbed for an hour. So that’s my routine.

Some like to write early mornings before the sun rises, some work best at nights and some write whenever they get time….

Find out what works best for you. 

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Internship at The Viewspaper

If you wanted to get into journalism and writing,do make use of the online internship of one month offered by theviewspaper.net

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Completing that story on paper

Sometimes,it’s more easier to think an entire story inside your head than putting it down on paper. If you want to be a writer,you have to transform that story of yours into paper so that the world can read. So its not an achievement to think a story.  The only way you can connect with millions of people is by giving your story a shape or say,an identity. 

Don’t let your stories evaporate through your head.

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Giving birth to ideas

Ideas are there everywhere.  There is an idea in how you live, at your work, in your relationships and in the way you look at life.  You don’t need a whole story to write a book. All you need is an idea. When you find an idea, your imagination will find its way to writing a story.

Keep looking for ideas. They are all around you. Just keep your eyes open.

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How dare you reject me?

Sadly, the word rejection takes a major crown in the lives of jilted lovers and struggling writers. The former face rejection from their dream partners while the later face rejection from editors and publishers. As you begin to write and submit materials, you will notice that rejections will become a way of life no matter how hard it may seem. Every book that you write is written considering that it will be a master piece except that somebody far away decides that it’s not worth it.

And you sulk, cry, fret, frown and murmur curse words to your editor under your breath. After you are through with your emotions, start working on your next master piece. Keep doing this until you really have proved that you do have a master piece within you.

Every rejection gives you a chance to produce a better master piece.