Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Masochist vs. Therapist


I’m waist deep in rejection-infested mud, smack in the middle of literary purgatory. I’ve received two emails recently, one spouting the glory of my craft (requesting more pages) while the other decided I needed to reconstruct over a hundred pages of my novel—or look elsewhere. After some research, I’ve decided I’m no longer a writer, I’m a masochist in need of a therapist.

Masochist [mas-uh-kist] noun

1. A person who delights in rejection letters
2. A person who spends hours upon hours staring at a blinking cursor on an empty computer screen
3. A person who is gratified by pain—more commonly known known as author

Therapist [th-uh-pəst] noun

1. A person who cheers for a writer’s rejection letter (or letters)
2. A person who kills darlings and magnifies dialogue
3. A person who helps with the labor and delivery of novels—more commonly known as a critique group member

Come, join us!


Brien Sz said...

I have faced similar circumstances with rejection. However, every day I say to myself, 'Keep Writing, just keep writing.'

Annis Cassells said...

Ah, Clarissa. Though I'm not a novelist, I can feel your pain and sympathize. I had a similar experience with a textbook publisher over a story. They wanted a revision, they said. But it was really a rewrite they were after.

Take heart and just keep writing. xoA