A Writer's Life | The Prose and Story

by - February 09, 2019



Hi, everyone! Welcome back!

Today, I'm going to tell you the story of the prose I wrote, which you will read after reading the story behind it. (The picture above is the writer and her friend.)


Earlier this month (or so), I was lying in bed when I started saying lines and lines of "poetry" in my head. (I thought it was poetry, but it ended up being considered prose, instead.) I sat up and grabbed my notebook and pencil, which I always keep beside my bed on my dresser for times such as this. Scribbling away, more and more lines poured into my head, and I scrawled and scribbled until I had created "A Writer's Life."


After editing with my dad, I submitted it to a Christian site that could possibly publish it. The site said they would have to see the prose, either to decide whether it fit into one of their current categories, or if they wanted to make a category for it.

As it turns out, a week later, neither of those things happened. They didn't accept my prose.

I was "rejected" because the site didn't have a category for my writing--not because they didn't like it. The person who emailed me, telling me that the site wasn't going to accept my writing, said that she really liked it. She told me I could reword it into a free verse poem and submit it as poetry. I did try it, but as of right now, I've given up on it. (Rewording this prose into a free verse poem proved to be too difficult, so I decided not to continue.)

So that's the story of the following prose, titled:

A Writer's Life

A writer in solitude, desperate for community.
She poured over her novel, the one she had tried to publish three times.
She wrote letters to her friends, asking them to read her work.
No reply.

She sighed.
Sending the novel to another publisher, the writer waited with agonizing patience.
She had nothing to write, no conference to attend.
Again, she longed for community.

After days of waiting, she received a letter.
It wasn’t from the publisher, but from a friend—
A friend she thought she had lost.

The friend said that he thoroughly enjoyed her novel,
But he could clearly see some mistakes that needed to be corrected.
The writer looked at his many corrections and suggestions.
It was too much.

She felt like giving up.
She felt as though he were trying to rewrite her novel.
But sure enough, the next day,
She received a letter from the publisher.
Rejected. Again.

The writer groaned in frustration.
Four times she had tried.
Four times she had been rejected.
She was done writing. She was giving up.

Walking away from writing gave her more freedoms.
She was reunited with family and friends.
But something was missing—something important and special.
Writing.

No, she couldn’t go back.
Hadn't she been denied too many times?
Besides, for her, writing was lonely.

She received another letter from her friend.
He asked if she had listened to his suggestions.
She was about to throw his letter away when something caught her eye:
“You are a good writer. You just need some help.

“You can’t write a novel all by yourself and expect it to be perfect.
You need to be in a community of writers.
Listen to suggestions; criticism will help you.
I am willing to help you; just give me a chance.”

The writer was hesitant.
She had seen so many marks on the novel she had sent to him—
Too many marks.

But was that why the publishers were rejecting her—
Because she needed to make those corrections?
She wrote a letter in reply, accepting her friend’s offer.

They met together weekly, editing, revising, reshaping the novel.
Slowly, at each correction, the writer felt that the novel was getting better.
Finally, her friend said it was ready to send to the publisher.

The writer sent the novel for the fifth time.
She waited. Waited. Waited.
Would they ever answer?

A letter came in her mailbox from the publisher a week later.
Nervously, eagerly, the writer opened the letter.
She couldn’t believe it.
Accepted.

. . .

Writers, don't give up when you're rejected! This particular writer did, but she was lonely without her writing. All she needed was some help.

You can find a community, too! Story Embers has a free forum, where you can interact with other writers! It is a Christian site which publishes writing submitted to them by young people.

Enjoy writing, my friends! Don't give it up, unless God calls you somewhere else.

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