I’d like to interrupt your standard Daily Rejection programming to bring you a short and sweet post of tidings and good cheer. For this week (and beyond), my dear readers, may your days be shared with family, may you be inspired by the love of those around you, may you reject feelings of negativity, and may you focus on all the blessings in your life. To those who celebrate, I wish you a very Merry Christmas!
PROMPT: Your house is haunted. You’re too busy to give a [BLEEP]
I chose this next prompt (also courtesy of reddit) simply because it made me laugh. So, I thought I’d use it for my weekly writing exercise. I realize that I often find myself writing about ghosts and the paranormal, and maybe that’s not very Christmas-y (what with it being Christmas Eve Eve), but… hey wait a second, wasn’t Scrooge visited by three ghosts in Christmas Carol? Nevermind, carry on. And I hope you enjoy my Focus Friday contribution.
I recently counted up the number of rejections I received on one novel. It’s called THE SOUL ACCORD, and it’s an action-packed, Young Adult supernatural thriller with a killer twist and guess what? It’s been rejected 37 times.
Thirty. Seven. Rejections. And that was only from the most recent round of queries.
I had shopped the novel around a few years ago, added a good 60-some rejections to the ol’ collection, and shelved it for two years after receiving my infamous THISCLOSE rejection.
Whelp, with a new determination, I rewrote the sucker. We’re talking a 70% overhaul. Key scene shakeups, the removal of whole plot elements and the addition of others, all while changing main character names and the story title. And what do I have to show for all my hard work?
I’m posting something rather personal for my inaugural Inspiration Monday. The goal of the day is to post about something that inspires you. Whether it’s inspiration to live differently, to create, to write, to be a better person… or maybe to be a better person and a better writer both.
But first, let me tell you a little bit about myself.
For a writer, I am rarely alone. That may make me a bit of an anomaly in the author world, but I am definitely an extrovert. I consider my greatest skill in life to be my ability to make friends. The good kind.
Wow, thanks so much to Mike Senczyszak for nominating me for a Versatile Blogger Award! If you get a chance, check out his blog, Solsbury Hill, over at https://senczyszak.com/.
Still being somewhat new to the blogging world, I’m both humbled and flattered to be so supported by my peers who are already welcoming me to the community with open arms. I was unfamiliar with the rules of Versatile Blogging Awards, so I had to look them up.
"The eye is literally the mirror of the soul. So when eye implants became more and more popular, people began to change." Prompt from Nemin32
For my first Focus Friday, I thought I’d write something based on a prompt that caught my eye on Reddit. I’m a big fan of using prompts as writing exercises. If you ever need quick inspiration, check out https://m.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts
I’m hoping this inspires you to complete your own exercise, maybe write a couple hundred more words of your latest novel, compose a haiku for all I care. As long as you’re putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Anything that gets you in the writing mindset is a beautiful thing.
Without further ado, my loose interpretation of the prompt is presented under the cut below. A fairly quick read that took only about an hour of my life to compose. Note that my interpretation is rather dark, for those who prefer lighter fiction.