Rejection can sap our confidence. The only way to get past that is to get right back to submitting/writing again. Easy, right??
For weeks on the heels of yet another rejection, I have been resisting the need to complete edits and start the submission process again. I run through scenes that need changing in my mind, yet words don't flow to the keyboard. I'm "stuck". I know I need to do this. I know my manuscript will sell.
It's time to break the "stuck" cycle and go where I think the best. Six years ago my husband, then fiance, hand dug a heart-shaped rose garden for me. I watched him daily work on that garden simply for the reason I said I always wanted a rose garden. For our wedding, he gave me a bench for the garden so I could sit out there and de-stress. It is the place I go when I'm overwhelmed, upset or just need quiet time.
So facing edits that just aren't coming, I grab pen and paper and head to the rose garden. Although they are not in bloom yet, new growth is evident. I walk around the garden and check out each plant. Settling comfortably onto the bench, I close my eyes and imagine the scene that needs the most work -- the words start forming in my mind.
With pen in hand, I am able to break the stuckness and start the process of revisions. As I progress through the "simple" edits, my confidence grows. Confidence that even after rejections, I can make this into a marketable manuscript. My heart and soul are in this story. I have cried for my characters, with my characters and cheered them through their triumphs.
So now the revisions are done and I have sent out more queries for my baby. The waiting begins again. And in that waiting process there will be times I will be sitting in my rose garden -- peaceful and confident.
Where do you go when your muse is rebelling?