Teaching Students to Build Endurance as Writers by Melissa Stewart

As part of the June #TeachWrite Slow Chat on Facebook, the following question was asked:

Share a time you took a risk image

The truth is if writers don’t feel risk and discomfort every time they start a new piece, they’re doing something wrong. These emotions are a natural part of the process.

That’s why perseverance is the number one character trait a writer needs.

For me, the kind of writing that requires the most fortitude is revising a manuscript that’s been rejected by several publishers.

It’s so, so hard to stay committed to a piece when someone has just told you all the things that are wrong with it.

Here’s some real editorial feedback I received on a manuscript that I’m just starting to revise. So far, it’s been rejected 23 times:

  • I liked the concept, not the execution.

  • I liked the concept, but didn’t fall in love with the voice.

  • The delivery is off-putting.

  • It’s too abstract for the target audience. I found myself wishing for a more human story.