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Observations and views from a different set of eyes

on March 12, 2013

I’m really impressed with the advice and pointers in this article. Very important to newbies!

Live to Write - Write to Live

Seven Ways to Write Better Stories by Failing

a guest post by John Yeoman

Help! They’ll hate my story. I can hear them now. ‘It’s lovely and so… you!’ Yes, they hate it.

Even if they say they don’t, can we believe them? At least, the verdict we get from an agent or competition judge will be honest. But honesty is cruel. No wonder new writers shudder when entering a major contest.

Since 2009, many of the 3500+ contestants in the Writers’ Village fiction award have asked me ‘Please be kind!’ Their terror is real. Why? If readers reject our story, they stamp on our soul.

Here are seven defences against the terror of rejection.

1. Join the club!

Virtually all authors who have left an enduring legacy were scorned in their debut years. It took Agatha Christie 23 attempts to get her first novel The Mysterious Affair at…

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2 responses to “

  1. johnlmalone says:

    this is a useful post; my advice is write, submit, learn; write, submit,learn. There are a number of online sites that critique your work EVEN IF IT IS REJECTED !!!! From thewse few sites I have learnt a lot

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