Stop. Start. Write for your Life.

Writing is full of stops and starts–and it’s easy to let the stops get the upper hand. Some of us seem to write daily with no  problems at all.

threads photo Pixabay
threads photo Pixabay

Some of us are more like knitters who get upset with the dropped stitches, the length of time it takes to finish a sleeve or even with the pattern itself. The finished–or in my case usually unfinished– garment looks nothing like the stylish knit shown on the model.

We’re left with work boxes full of useless woolly not-quite jumpers and square socks and resentment at waste of time for nothing.

Sound familiar? How many unfinished, half-finished and rejected manuscripts do you have under the bed? On those dreary days when you can’t concentrate, think nothing’s going right , or wonder what’s the point of it all, try dusting off your past work.

You may well be gratified to find it’s not nearly as bad as you thought.

Five ways to profit from rejections

  • repurpose them as  short articles or blog posts
  • use them as teaching lessons–lots of new teaching platforms around. Look at Udemy, Teachable, Thinkific. You can even find a free version to get you started.
  • Rejig and use as freebies to build your subscriber list.
  • Share them on social media or as serials on Wattpad , asking for readers’ help in suggesting revisions. It may hurt but can only do good.
  • Profit by using them as a basis for improvement. Writing courses abound all over the web and are at their most helpful when you have work of your own to improve.