By Karen Cino
In the beginning of February, after carefully following individual submission guidelines, I sent out my “packages” via the internet. Then, I closed the top of my laptop and went about my business doing my chores. An hour later I came home, checked my emails and there sat two emails. Both responses were thank you, but no thanks. Okay…that was a blow; a discouraging blow. Now, the challenge: Do I drown in my rejections? Do I throw in the towel? These are two of many questions that I’m sure we have all asked ourselves at one time or another. I’ll share with you my own remedy for getting over the feel-sorry-for-me pity party.
Get dressed. Are you sitting in sweat pants and tee shirt with slippers on? It’s no wonder you can’t get anything down on paper. Fluff your hair, get dressed as if you’re going out. That’s right! Add the accessories -- the belt, earrings and necklaces. Take a glance in the mirror, then sit behind your computer and start writing. You’ll be surprised how playing dress up can inspire your muse.
Keep Writing. Did you ever fantasize what it would be like to be someone else or wish your life was different? Be that fantasy. Sit behind your computer, do your research and write that story. The best writing exercise is to write.
Following my own advice, I am walking, getting dressed, keeping a journal and writing, as I continue to follow my dreams, all while I do revisions on my novel MYSTICAL WONDERS and I await responses on ROSES. Join me.♥
Presently, Karen is serving as President of the RWA New York City Chapter. She keeps her muse alive by walking every morning down at the boardwalk. Currently, she is shopping for a home for her novel ROSES, and is working on her next novel MYSTICAL WONDERS.