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    A Great Goal

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by chicagoliz, Jan 17, 2013.

    I was at an in person meeting last night of a writing group, and one person told us her New Year's resolution, which I found so wonderful that I'm still thinking about it this morning.

    Her goal for the year: To get 100 rejections.

    I think that's so great -- it's something you yourself can control, in that it forces you to send out your work or your query letter, yet if you 'fail' at this, despite sending out at least 100 queries, and gosh darn it, someone publishes your or accepts you as a client, then that's a great bonus! And if you still work toward getting 100 rejections, after being accepted, you might get more.

    Just thought I'd share, since I thought it was such a workable goal.
     
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    This is a good idea - But I'd reword it - send out 100 queries.
    I wouldn't want to put the whammy on every query.
     
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    Actually, some might regard it as daring fate to provide an acceptance.

    Besides, I like the fact that it's couched in terms that assure that the person is aware of the uphill struggle ahead. I like it.
     
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    It's sort of good, but I don't write anywhere near enough to get 100 rejections. A more reasonable goal for me would be to get a couple of dozen rejections. That would require me to submit a couple of dozen times (which I can do), and still work on at least one big project which probably won't even be done at the end of the year, so it won't get even one rejection.

    I gotta be reasonable about these things! :)
     
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    I think that's a great goal! Neat.
     
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    That's a goal?

    Okay, I understand the twisted psychology here (my opinion), but getting published is difficult enough - why sabatoge yourself?
     
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    Well, I don't see it as as sabatoge, because as I understood her, she wasn't sending out deliberately crappy queries or intentionally poorly-written pieces with the hopes of being rejected instead of accepted. For her, and for me, the goal would be in the accomplishing of having done the work to send out 100 submissions or query letters, realizing that most of those are likely to be rejections. Therefore, when the rejections are received, they're not quite so depressing, in that they can be put in the category of getting closer to the goal. A separate, but related goal would be to have pieces accepted along the way, so if the goal were not achieved because there were too many acceptances, I doubt she'd be wallowing in tears or beating herself up about it. However, if the goal were not met due to a failure to send out that number of submissions, that would be a motivation to work harder so as to either avoid that occurrence in the future or prevent it from happening this time.

    If this idea doesn't resonate with you, feel free to ignore it.
     
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    Seconded. I like it.

    Thanks for sharing, chicagoliz!
     
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    A goal that I see myself achieving?! YES MA'AM! Or in blog form of view.. a 100 objections.. Yep, let me just try it my way. That was a good suggestion.
     
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    Without clarification, I misunderstood what you were saying.

    As a junior member, I appreciate the offer/encouragement/friendship and welcome. Thanks.
     
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    I love her New Years Resolution. Clever little mind trick :) Going to try it out for yourself, Liz?
     
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    My bigger goal is to get my m/s edited. Maybe I'll try a smaller number, like 50. I also have some shorts I can send out for rejections, though.
     
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    This totally wouldn't work for me, why would I set my goal so low? I can just send out 100 letters with my outline and first couple of chapters right now and by the next month I'd have accomplished that goal. Even so, 100 rejections or even queries sounds completely unrealistic if not downright depressing. I suppose different motivation works for different people. I just set the goal to write and send my first enquiry to the publisher with what I consider a finished manuscript.
    In any case, best of luck!
     

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