Pick a memory – this can be a childhood one or something that happened just last week – and write it down so that it reads like a headline. Try to select one word that you can repeat throughout the takes. Next, explore your memory as a series of takes by writing as many as ten lines or as few as five. By considering this moment in your life from more than one angle or perspective, you’ll create some depth to your writing.
(Idea from: Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein’s (2008) article, Inventing New Forms: Three Experiments for Teaching Poets)
Wicket from Word Well: important (a word from the title of the rejected manuscript)
WRITER GETS 1,000 REJECTION
Email arrives with agent’s name blaring and subject line screaming – Query and Manuscript for ‘The Most Important Things in the World’ by Vanessa Shields.
Too busy. Won’t read now. Working on other things.
It doesn’t matter what it says – your work is important, Vanessa.
Open email. Eyes find: it would be a hard sell in the very competitive picture book market.
Ideas that can change the world are important. Definitely hard to sell.
It’s important to not give up.
There are plenty of fish (agents) in the sea.
Self-publishing is also important.
Rejection is painful.
Rejection is painfuel. Rejection is painfree. Rejection keeps the words free. Rejection is freedom fuel.