Let’s look at why a writer should never give up on a story!!!
8:56 am – form rejection for magazine story
8:58 am – contract offered for picture book (more on this in the following months).
Two days later…magazine acceptance….
My manuscript was first sent to a magazine in November of 2009. It came back rejected.
The story I wrote had a limited market of places in which I could submit to.
Over the next several years I worked on revisions for this 500 word story (once a 730 word story). Submitting to only three other places available on my list.
In June of 2013 I submitted it to the last place I could think of…
If I didn’t get an acceptance I was just going to dump the story. (There was little else I could tweak at this point).
And to think I was just about to give up on it! My excitement for this acceptance was different from most. It was a sense of closure almost. Because I was about to delete it and move on.
I have had many stories earlier in my career in which I dumped/deleted. This has taught me that I don’t have any reason to ever give up on a story.
And I hope it teaches you to do the same.