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Why Do Writers Keep Rejections?

After getting Twitter a few weeks, I’ve been learning and taking in lots of information from the published authors, publishers, agents, etc.  Having to keep up with all the tweets through the web is pretty hard, so I got TweetDeck and I keep it running throughout the day. This morning, I’ve been looking at the different windows I’ve pulled up and reading over what they entailed to see a tweet from Lori Devoti asking, “Writers, why do we save rejections? I have all of mine dating back to very first manuscript. Isn’t that like keeping our fat clothes?”

The question intrigues me because there is the answer that first came to mind that says keeping rejections with helpful comments is about learning from those comments as well as keeping track of where I’ve submitted to and the general nature of the response, which could play a role in resubmitting to that place or knowing that the agency/publisher/magazine/e-zine isn’t right for me.

I’ve been submitting my urban fantasy novel recently to agents, but that’s not all of my submission experience. I submitted my work to the short story and poetry market with horror and fantasy pieces when I was in college, then I dipped into the romance market and had Melody of Love published and have been shopping romance novellas and short stories. It’s good to keep an idea of where I’ve submitted a story to. I wouldn’t want to submit it to the same place a couple of times and frustrate them or myself, and I want to improve the quality of my work. If an agent or editor is willing to give advice, then I most definitely appreciate it.

The second second is that I’ve never really considered deleting or throwing away rejections. Yeah, I’ve had some that were a bit snotty, but even with those, I set them aside for a while and come back to see if they had any validity.  Maybe the person was just having a bad day, but regardless of that, everyone has differing opinions since writing is a subjective business. Some people love Author A and others might really not while even others are neutral.

Besides, rejections are like badges. Many writers haven’t gotten to the stage of submitting their work. Maybe they’re still thinking about an idea. Maybe they’re writing the story. Or maybe they’re laboring over revisions. Rejections show that you submitted your work and are one step closer to the goal of becoming published.

Naming characters

Tonight is Supernatural. Woohoo! Last week’s episode was really cool, so I’m excited about tonight’s. 😀 I also received a rejection today, but hey, that just proves to me that I’m submitting and have my stuff out there. There’s another publisher that is also interested in the story, so here’s hoping that they like it enough to contract.

Anyways, recently, I’ve had the pleasure of naming a new kitten, so it made me think about character names as they are one of my favorite parts of writing. I use name websites a lot to help me with this task. Some of my favorites are: babynames.com, 20000-names.com, and behindthename.com. (For surnames, there is surname.behindthename.com.)

When I name my characters, I almost always choose the names first by figuring out my character’s ethnicity and country of origin (or ancestor’s country of origin). Then I go about finding a name that matches a certain quality or trait regarding the character. For instance, if I were to have a character that was very much into protecting others, I would go with something like Alexander/Alexandra, which means “defender of mankind.”

Sometimes though, a character will emerge with a name, and I don’t have to worry about picking out just the right one. I enjoy either path, though it is nice when I do get to go through the lists of names. A lot of the time it gives me ideas for secondary characters, or even ones not related to that story.

How about you? What are your methods of naming characters? I’d love to hear your opinions. =)

Not too much new to discuss besides from the fact that classes have started again at my university. I can’t wait to graduate though, which will be upon finishing my summer semester. Yippee.

I have been submitting a children’s picture book. I received five rejection letters and a request for more information. I really hope something comes about with the request for more information! Or one of the other fourteen query letters out there. Three are about at the time when I’m guessing it’s a “no response means rejection” kind of thing, but…the way I feel is that a rejection just means that I’m putting myself out there, so I don’t take them too personal. I do feel a little bit of frustration at first, but then I pick myself back up and push on. Hooray!

Not too much else I can think of. I’ve been trying to work on my writing project and my editing project, but for the past two days not much has been happening. Ugh. I had wanted to write today, but then I got an injury and rested instead. There’s always tomorrow (today since it’s 12:34 AM)!

‘Night

First rejection letter came in today for Jaded as of 12:27 p.m.

As some people I know would say, a rejection letter is a good thing. It’s a sign that you are out there and submitting. Ever since being in that same mind frame, I feel more accepting of the rejections, even though I want to be accepted pretty badly, instead of actually feeling like I’m a reject and that my work sucks. Of course the way you remedy that is to first edit your work as well as you can and then submit it, instead of the other way around, which I have also done before. Mostly due to laziness.

Well, I was just in the process of making my lunch. I’ll write more later after I do my writing.

Here’s my second post. Well… I’ve been working on my NaNoWriMo novel. I am up to chapter twelve in the planning process. I can’t wait until I can finally start writing on it! I find that writing leads me to write more writing. I don’t know. I guess it’s that mysterious force known as “The Muse.” I get stuck in this planning process a bit, but like when I went to work this past Thursday I was stuck at chapter 5, but then I worked on it and I got up to chapter 12.

Today I also worked on getting my acceptance/rejection notebook together. I read on JA Konrath’s website how he has over 500 rejections and how his notebook of them are bigger than LA’s phone book, so it inspired me to get my own. =)

Well… not too much else has been going on. I’m going to go back to chapter planning now. It’ll be the only time I’ll be able to work on it really until Friday or Thursday sometime.