Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Know what's awesome?

Not giving a crap.

Seriously. If you have something going on in your life which is vexing you considerably? Just stop caring about it. It's great.

Like me? I want to be a writer. So I wrote a novel.

I've been trying to get my work published before I finished the novel. I write articles and columns and short stories and just, everything. And people just reject it all the time. Like, everyday. Constantly.

So now, I have this novel and I'm going to try to get it published. And some people I know told me that I have ovaries of steel or whatever for doing that and I you know what I realized?

I. Just. Don't. Care.

If twenty people reject it, I'll send it to twenty-one more.

If it's good enough, someone will want it. It might take ten years, but someone will want it.

If it's not good enough, I'll write something else. Know why?

BECAUSE I DON'T CARE!


Maybe the ragweed and pollen is making me high today, but seriously? I feel good. I don't care about rejection. I know I'll get rejected! I totally know it.

All I care about is that I'M FINISHED WITH THE FREAKING NOVEL and I'm sending it.



I'm sending it y'all.

And it feels good!

32 comments:

Jana said...

That's right!!! AND IT WILL WORK! You are a terrific writer, I really enjoy reading your stuff...

Christie said...

Congrats! It must feel good to have something accomplished. I know you'll get your stuff published. You write to well not to.

I also like your advice. I was almost in tears because I spent 35+ minutes on hold for our social security office only to have the customer service rep hang up on me. You're post frankly made me not give a crap. Thanks!!

Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity said...

and if all else fails, self publish!

you can do it!

KiKi said...

GOOD FOR YOU!
I'd buy it.

From where I sit, you're a great writer. There's a lot of crap out there. Your stuff is not crap.

Just don't act like you don't know me when you're famous and trying to enjoy at a restaurant with your family and I just barge over demanding an autograph (and a free book) ;)

tiger lamb girl said...

I'm with Heather. If no one wants to publish it for you -- self publish!

I'll buy a copy!!

Rachel said...

GOOD!!! First of all, how many people can say they wrote a novel? Published or not, you wrote one! And, it will get published. I bet there are lots of best-selling authors that were rejected over and over before someone gave them a chance.

Robyn said...

I know I haven't written in a while...but wow!! I am so glad you don't care! When you stop caring, it seems that others all the sudden care! I will buy your book when it gets published. Fer shur!

CPA Mom said...

Any publisher would be LUCKY to get your work. DId you get an agent then?

Bunny said...

Wow. You, girl ,are awesome!

Stephanie said...

It's so cool that you even finished one, even if it never gets published. Of course it would be even more cool of it was published.

AndreAnna said...

I am insanely jealous that you even have the mommy-buttons to WRITE one. I haven't gotten there yet.

CPA mom is right - have you tried an agent?

Tara said...

you go girl!

I am Trish Marie said...

Wooohooo! Send it!

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

Huevos grandes, amiga! Loves your balls of steel. And, the allergies? INSANE right now. I'm pretty high myself.

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

Huevos grandes, amiga! Loves your balls of steel. And, the allergies? INSANE right now. I'm pretty high myself.

A's Mom said...

Good for you. Because you know what? When you just let things happen... they will! Good luck to you!!

Kimberly said...

You rock. I'm bookmarking this post and I'm going to come read it when I finish the final edit on my first novel.

I know a few peeps in the publishing industry...I hear submitting a book to publishers can be a really technical process. I can get some tips for you if you like.

frannie said...

I'm so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!

Debra said...

I want to be done with "my" novel!

(above said with a very whiny voice)


Congrats + I'm thinking this stance will probably work.


:)

Jan said...

Go, Chick!!

Kim said...

You go, Girl!

reallifeinsc said...

You Go, Chick! ;)

I'm Mikey said...

Ahh congratulations Chick, on joining the "I don't give a fuck club" Liberating ain't it? :)

AND please tell me you read Nathan Bransford's blog. He's a literary agent and super helpful. His archives are full of great advice on querying and finding agents

http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/

Kelly M said...

YEAH!! It's so awesome to hear you are upbeat and feeling good. You've got the right attitude! If someone doesn't like it send it to a million more. It will be published..just keep pressing on! Oh I'm happy to hear you are doing better today! You've got the right attitude

Sarcasta-Mom said...

You can totally do this. You're a great writer, and someday the right publisher is going to read your stuff. Of course, you can always self publish and you know we'll all buy it :)

KEEP ON NOT GIVING A CRAP!!!

Reluctant Housewife said...

Good luck! Your attitude is a great one to have. Keep at it & don't give up.

Allie Bear said...

Congratulations Chick!!!!
I can't wait to go pick it up at the bookstore.

Sleeping Mommy said...

Good for you, I'm so proud of you!

And you know what? The best authors have been rejected. I can't remember how many times but it seems to me that Stephen King was rejected a lot when he first started. Just keep writing and I would suggest finding some kind of critique group if you don't already have one. Criticism is good for a writer. We can all learn from one another, right?

Keep going girl. Someday I'll be buying one of your books, I know it!

Amy W said...

Congrats!!

My Dad sent is in the process of sending his to a ton of people, keep trying....

Sabrina said...

YOu know, I was having a really really really bad day because I gave a crap about what some little individual thought about me, till I read your post.

I feel much better.

And that was just from looking at the title.

I'm going to adopt this philosophy

SJ said...

Ohhhh! I can't wait to see your book. I know it will happen, IT WILL HAPPEN!

Dawn~a~Bon said...

OMG I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!

I cannot wait to read your book. Cannot freakin' WAIT!

**HUGS** you are so awesome!