Hello Ebi! Hello Fam!
I’m Falling into Fall y’all! What does that mean? Well, let me explain.
Take a Chill Pill
It has been just over five months! I did not expect to be gone for so long, but the universe felt that I needed to STOP. It’s Autumn/Fall, aka “The Beginning of the End.” Yeah, I know that reads a bit morbid. But there is good to be found when we approach the end of things, e.g., the beauty of changing leaves, discovering that chocolate is vastly better than vanilla, or even applauding the end of a toxic relationship. But in this instance, I had to stop or press “pause” after a rather disappointing and scary experience.
So far, my ‘writerly’ journey did not bear the fruit I wanted. I received more rejections for my novel than expected and bawled when I lost my website and 4 ½ years of content for my blog. To say I was distraught was putting it lightly. But I came across an interesting article that helped put a few things in perspective: https://www.nownovel.com/blog/writing-a-book-for-the-first-time-challenges/
Light at the End of the Tunnel
During my break, I applied for mentorship opportunities and writing grants. (Check this out if you are an unpublished, marginalized writer or illustrator.) https://diversebooks.org/programs/walter-grant/ I started working with a new editor to help me see what may be missing from my novel. I’m seriously considering whether traditional publishing is meant for me. And thanks to a combination of divine intervention and the kindness of two colleagues, I did not have to rebuild my site!
As I push aside the giant STOP sign, I’ve started again, productive and energized. Sometimes we realize that not all detours are bad and the obvious path is not always the best. So, as the trees begin to shed their leaves and make room for new beginnings, I will do the same.
Happy Fall Y’all and Blessings! You can check out my earlier content at: http://sharonlmitchell.com
Come again soon!
Hi Sharon, I came across this post via a pingback on our blog. I’m glad the article you found helped put things in perspective and that you’re persevering despite setbacks in your writing journey!
There is a lot of gatekeeping in traditional publishing (and a lot of competition for coveted places on agents’ rosters). Provided you get a good editor and cover design, and have a marketing plan, indie publishing is always an option (and the old stigmas associated with it have diminished over the years). Authors like Colleen Hoover have had trad publishers bashing down their doors with deals due to their indie successes.
Wishing you success on your writing journey further!
Thanks for your comment Jordan. Your blog post was at the right place, and presented itself at the right time. I’m determined to keep forging ahead! 🙂