If you're reading this blog, there's a pretty good chance you're a writer. So maybe you don't write thrillers like we do. Or maybe you haven't yet finished your novel, or you mainly write short stories. Maybe you've written five novels and are knee-deep in Query Hell.
Regardless of the stage you're at, I think we can all agree that it takes a certain kind of person and a certain thickness of skin (Ultra Super Maximum Thick) to be writers striving for publication. It takes a lot of courage to write something and let someone else read it, let alone a critique group, let alone an agent or editor. As a writer, I feel like I strip naked every day. Even though I write fiction, my personal experiences inevitably permeate my work, and the thought that someone might hate it hurts. Writing can be a deeply personal endeavor. I know it is for me.
And because it's so personal, there isn't a lot of "in between". There are incredible highs (a great crit! A partial request! An offer!) and there are incredible lows (a rejection on a full, a rejection on a partial, a rejection on anything). I've noticed that since I started writing seriously again, there haven't been a lot of boring days. I have awesome days, and I have crappy days, but life is never dull.
My best writing high: Signing with my agent. The day Victoria was called was the very first time I felt legitimized as a writer, and I was thrilled that there was someone in publishing who actually thought I could write.
My worst writing low: A personalized rejection from a big-name agent on a three-chapter partial. He said that while my writing was flawless (SOAR), my characters were unlikable and he didn't much care what happened to them (THUD). I read the email, crawled back into bed, and stayed there all day.
What about you? What, so far, has been your best writing high and your worst writing low?
By the way, this is my last post for Killer Chicks. Blogging alongside two amazingly talented writers has been one giant high! I look forward to keeping up with the girls in the New Year as a reader and a fan. Happy Holidays, everyone!