The Art of Rejection

February 17, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Writers pour their hearts into a project, and more often than not get rejection letters for leaving their blood on the page. If this has been your plight as a writer you are not alone. Some of the most famous writers have endured repeated rejections. It’s the price writer’s pay for wearing their hearts on their sleeves.

Dr. Seuss was rejected because his work was so unique. Rudyard Kipling was admonished for his use or lack thereof the English language. Behind every famous writer there are tons of rejection letters. Writing takes more than just talent it also requires sheer will and determination. In the writing world half the battle is not giving up. Writing is one of those strange professions in that initially few if anyone believes in you, but after you have made it everyone goes on about how you were always a literary genius.       

Therefore if you have been rejected you may be very well on your way to greatness. You are now in the company of elite writers. The first few rejections may send you to your bed to hide under the covers but after that pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and go back to your computer. There’s no crying in writing; well actually there is but write ten pages first. By that time you will forgotten that you are feeling sad and dejected.

Hold you head high; rejection is a rite of passage for writers. The more rejection letters you receive the closer you get to finding the right publisher. Remember there are real people reading your writing and finding the right person who will appreciate your gift may take a bit of time and effort. I have included several websites pertaining to writer rejection, by all means read a bit then go write. Have an outstanding day; isn’t it great to be a writer?     

 http://susiesmith13.tripod.com/id12.html

http://www.writersservices.com/mag/m_rejection.htm

http://www.literaryrejectionsondisplay.blogspot.com/

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Writing Through Writer’s Block

February 16, 2010

 

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Today I’m trying not to write, I find myself trolling the internet reading interesting articles. I have so much work I need to do and yet I insist on wasting time. I don’t know why I just can’t sit and work on one of three projects. I love writing but part of me is not completely comfortable with being a writer. I have always been a writer but part of me was not sure I would not be a real writer until I secured the educational credentials.

Now that I have the educational credentials some days I still feel as if I’m pretending. I love reading the works of other writers and I don’t hold them to the high standards as I hold myself. It may be that I get lots of support for my work out side of my family and friends, but within this group few considers me a real writer.

I’m quite aware that I look quite like a beach bum to them, although this is far from the truth; I am busier now than ever. I love my life and it is authentic, but sometimes because it does not look like the life of anyone else I know life I am treated as if it lacks relevance. Most days I don’t worry about what my life looks to others and concentrate on what it feels like to me.

It feels like freedom. It feels like a quiet tranquil existence with time for prayer and meditation. It feels like I wake up every morning and I get to be myself. I realize in our society being yourself is an amazing feat. I have always told my son “the hardest thing in this world to be is yourself.”

I even had a family member sit me down a few years ago to tell me what’s wrong with my life. I could not believe I was having an intervention for being a bookworm. Afterwards, I considered the source, and thought about my life. I asked myself if this was someone whose lifestyle would work within the parameters of my personal vision. I quickly realized it wasn’t me but rather someone who did not understand or respect my choice of lifestyle.

***In the practice of writing as a sacred art, even when you don’t feel like writing, sit and write. You may be surprised at what comes out. The above is an experiment in writing through writer’s block. You are a writer because you write; it is a title you bestow upon yourself. You don’t need anyone else’s approval.    

 


 

 

 

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Just Trying

February 15, 2010

 

What I love most about the sunrise is every morning is a new opportunity to start again. Life can be so overwhelming and it’s difficult to make clear decisions with so many things coming at you at once. We’re all so very busy and before you know it the day is over and we did not accomplish all your goals.

That’s why tomorrows are so wonderful you get another opportunity to try again. There are only 24 hours in each day and we can only do so much with that time. We have to make the most of this time knowing that we can always get up the next day and try again.

To try our best every day; this is what God expects of us and all we should expect of ourselves. It does not have to be perfect. In fact as the Japanese accept wabi sabi in art, I have come to accept it in life. Wabi sabi is finding the perfect in the imperfect. Life is an art form and we are the artist. We practice our art every day so that may achieve some level of personal mastery.

Personal mastery is achieved through life-long-learning and a sincere desire to become a better person who contributes to society. It’s okay to fall short of our goals; it’s not okay to give up on becoming a better person. Person mastery is something one works on everyday because it’s all about the journey.

In other words we continue to work on becoming better people knowing we will never be perfect, but we try our best every day. In the end, we are not looking for perfection in ourselves we just need to know we lived a good life; we helped others as much as possible; and every morning we got up and tried again.  

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Lovely Words Vol. 5

February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine’s Day and welcome to the February 14, 2010 edition of Lovely Words. Although the authors this week write on various topics the act of writing is a show of love. Sharing one’s writing with the world is the ultimate sacrifice for a writer that brings both pleasure and pain. Please, everyone have a Lovely Valentine’s Day and let the people in your life know they are loved and appreciated.

Inspiration

michaelweaver4 presents What is Your Art? The Real You. posted at findinspirationtoday.com – Find Inspiration & Personal Development Today, saying, “Inspirational words on following your dreams and passions!”

Writing

Zen

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Writing to Find your Voice

February 11, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Writing is truth, therefore if you let go and write naturally you will find that voice that is uniquely yours. Life is such a clutter of activity and we are bombarded with messages from the media, family, and friends telling us what we should believe. We sometimes don’t take the time to figure out what we truly think.

Writing helps us to uncover our truth. A lot of times when writing we find that we start off writing about one thing and our project seem to take on a life of its own and takes you in an entirely different direction. This is truth coming through in more ways than you could begin to imagine.

This is not information you have to share with anyone or you may pull forth or hide whatever you want to hide in subsequent revisions. If you are still not comfortable with putting your expression of yourself on full view you could always make it a work of fiction. Remember fiction writers figuratively get away with murder.

There are so many ways to find your voice through writing but it won’t happen unless we do that thing that most writers dread, sit down and actually write. It’s okay if you’re not Shakespeare; in the beginning Shakespeare was not the writer we have come to know. Take your time and slowly nurture your writing. Okay Dear Reader, enough of that reading; go forth and write with reckless abandon.  

 


 

 

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A Week of Mondays

February 10, 2010

 

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

I have fibromyalgia and occasionally I experience what I consider a week of Mondays. During this period everyday feels like a cold, rainy, Monday when you don’t want to get out of bed. What do I do; I get up and exercise like every other morning. I put on an extra layer of clothing, add a few minutes to my meditation, and try to make the days as normal as possible.

I spend these Mondays in quiet contemplation, using it as an opportunity to go within and pray. I find that during these periods I am most grateful for the times I feel healthy.  I try to have something inspirational on hand to read; presently I am reading Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom. I am grateful for these Mondays because they help me keep my life in proper perspective. It reminds me to be kind to myself in ways I don’t usually take the time to do on ordinary days.

I have my favorite breakfast a soothing cup of hot tea with toast. I take an afternoon nap. I make a very simple dinner steamed vegetables or a stir fry. I watch HGTV, which is my guilty pleasure. I keep my idea book close at hand because I often come up with various writing projects or inventions during this time. I guess the primary magic about this time is the moments spent just being quiet.   

It reminds me life is sacred and not to take a minute of it for granted. It reminds me I am a writer, as with most writer, when thing are good we write, and when things are less than lovely we write. In fact writing turns the Mondays into slow, cozy, lovely days.    


 

 

 

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Screenplays Gone Bad

February 9, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

I dream in screenplays on a fairly regular basis; my dilemma is what to do when I dream a really bad screenplay. Usually when I dream a screenplay I wake up excited and write a quick treatment with as much detail as possible so that I can develop it later. I feel the ability to dream in such a creative way is indeed a gift. But, what do I do when I wake up startled because I dreamed such a turkey?

My last two dreams have been worse than anything I have ever seen. I’m tried to mine them for nuggets and found maybe a hint of treasure in one and no redeeming value in the other. I try to find the lesson in everything in life but this stumps me beyond belief. I cannot find a lesson rhyme or reason. Maybe the lesson is life does not always have to be logical. After all is it rational to dream in screenplays.

Life is about ambiguity, so maybe instead of constantly analyzing we should all just live. So, maybe I will stop trying to analyze so much and be grateful to have such vivid dreams. Maybe I should try to enjoy the bad screenplays along with the good. I do find really bad jokes funny in that they are so not amusing it’s funny. Hay, maybe one day you find a really bad movie coming to a theatre near you.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hacked!

February 8, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Wednesday February 2, 2010 Writing as a Sacred Art (WAASA) was attacked by a hacker. The hacker was highly skilled in that he or she by passed the password and infiltrated the index file causing the site to go down. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

I am disappointed that someone obviously so talented would spend their time doing such malicious deeds. I am always taken aback when humans behave in an inhumane manner. I pray that whomever did this will start using their intellect to make positive contributions to society.

Sometimes when one is trying to achieve a goal one encounters obstacles. To paraphrase Professor Randy Pausch (1960-2008) in The Last Lecture (this book should be in everyone’s personal library), obstacles are not meant to stop you but to see how badly you want to achieve your goal. The purpose of WAASA is to encourage writers and put a few positive words in to the Universe. WASA is one of my contributions to society it will not be deterred by hackers.

 It has taken few days but WASA is restored with only a few missing post. I would like to take a moment and thank each and every reader for your patience and hope you continue to enjoy this site. If there is any particular issue you would like me to address please leave a comment or drop me an email.  FYI, WASSA will now have at least five weekly posts. Thank you so very much for your support.         

 


 

 

 

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Why Practice Writing as a Sacred Art

February 2, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

Writing as a sacred art (WAASA) is a daily writing practice that not only supports becoming a better writer but provides clarity, purpose, and informs reality. WASA supports becoming a better writer in that with all disciplines the more we practice the better we become. WAASA brings our thought process to the present and clarifies what’s important to our life. It allows us to concentrate on what’s critical and discern our sense of purpose. WASA informs our reality and allows us to fulfill our goals.

 

Writing as a sacred art helps us to become a better writer simply by the act of writing on a daily basis. Writing on a daily basis builds our confidence as a writer and promotes digging deeper into the subject matter. Writing on a daily basis is like exercise the more you do the more fit your body becomes. Writing is exercise for your mind.

 

Writing is exercise for your mind in that it permits us to focus on what’s significant in life. There is just something about the act of writing that brings forth truth. Whenever we are not sure or unfocused we should begin writing and the thoughts will begin to unfold. Sometimes we begin with one idea and something completely new unfolds. Writing gets rid of the cobwebs and leaves clear, crisp thoughts.

 

These clear, crisp thoughts could lead us to our purpose. We all have a purpose, mine is to use my words to touch others in a positive manner. When we are able to clearly articulate our thoughts we become more purposeful. We are able to clearly define who we are and what we want in life. We are able to change our reality.

 

Writing informs our reality because writing it down makes it real. When we have these ideas floating in our head they are just a pipe dream. Writing it down makes it a concrete goal. Whereas dreams most often remain dreams, goals require action. Writing down our goals makes it real and we begin to concentrate on the actions we need to take to attain your goal.

 

Therefore WAASA is not just writing for the sake of writing but in time writing that helps us to find meaning. Writing that opens our minds and our hearts. Writing to know who we are and what we want in life. WAASA is a path to reverence for ourselves and the world around us.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Be Word Wise

January 29, 2010

By C. J. Stegall-Evans

This morning I was in bed praying for the right words to use in my post today. I began concentrating on the word “word.”   Words are so powerful we really have to be careful how we use them. After all God spoke and the world came into existence. When we speak we may not create a world but we do evoke emotions. While it is true we are not responsible for the actions of others we can speak in a manner that triggers a reaction in others that may be positive or negative. Therefore we have to be responsible for the words we put forth in this world.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Words are so important that in Christianity Jesus is referred to as the Word. Maybe you do not consider your words sacred but you indeed create your environment with your words. When you speak hostile words you create a hostile environment. When you speak peaceful words you create a peaceful environment. While we are not responsible for how others react to our words we must realize most people are asleep at the wheel. In general people spend so much time thinking about their future or their past that they are not present for their life.

 It is up to each of us to create the kind of world in which we want to live. According to Gandhi we should “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Changing our home life, work place, and any other environment we wish to change starts from within. Today I plan to choose my words wisely it is my hope you do the same. Have a blessed and peaceful day.    

 


 

 

 

 

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