You know...I left the Today I Won post up for a few weeks, because, if you know anything about writing, when you finish a project...for a little bit...you feel like you've done something perfect.
And then the day after you feel like a total reject. Because that's when the letters start pouring in.
Let me show you how this happens:
When the 'no' letters start to come in, you're sad but still hopeful, so only the letter 'p' falls off to make:
And then a letter comes in full of praise, but still 'no,' confusing the letters and making them think...hmmm, why not?...so they switch places and become:
And then a particularly wanted letter comes in...'no'...and it knocks you on your keister so you can't breathe...which also knocks the letter 'f' completely backwards and upside down until it almost doesn't look like itself anymore. In fact, it looks like a 'j'. So now you have:
See? Perfect to reject in three easy steps. That is why a writer has to have skin the thickness of a 2x4. And that's also why you don't stew about it and cook yourself into some serious mental health soup.
You start over. Which I did.
And you laugh about it. Which I am.
And you have a good time. Because if you're not doing that, you shouldn't be writing in the first place.