* Honing a first draft into a real manuscript to submit. Deciding where to cut, where to add, what to correct, what to leave. It's all mind-boggling.
*Submitting and waiting for a response. You can only bite your nails so far down before they start to bleed. You want to think you've written a best-seller, but the news isn't always good. Rejection is part of this business, and if you're skin isn't thick enough, not only your cuticles suffer.
*Soliciting reviews. Part of this 'career' requires promoting your work, so you submit your story to reviewers for their opinions. Knowing your work will never be everyone's cup of tea is elementary, but it still doesn't numb the pin pricks of having someone crucify your work because it didn't fit into the neat little box they expected it would. Again, that thick skin is definitely a required part of your author's wardrobe.
*Remembering all the rules. For me, this has been perhaps the toughest. Not only remembering, but deciding which ones make most sense for my style of writing...which don't change my voice to something stiff and stilted. We're told a million things to remember, but if you go overboard with removing passive voice, omitting 'ly' words, avoiding gerunds, or trying to avoid 'was, it and all the shes and hes', you're likely to come away with a piece of crap that no one wants to read. Rules make sense, but you must use them wisely.
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