It's been longer than I intended since the last post. The trip to New York was great, and I will post more pictures later this week. (This one is Central Park... what a gorgeous day it was!)
In the meantime, I've been doing a lot of thinking about the writing career. On my first night in New York I got a devastating rejection - one which really sent me a bit for a tailspin. I've gotten used to rejections - both on queries and requested fulls and partials, and thought I was getting numb to them.
It was the kind of rejection that made me rethink my decision to be a writer. It was the kind that made me want to just throw in the towel and say, That's it. That's all the heartache I can take. I'm done with this.
But I've got too much invested at this point, including a writing group and a blog. What would happen to those if I stopped writing?
It made me wonder about all the bloggers I've come across in the last 18 months, all those commenters on agent blogs who have declared themselves as writers. Is there a large attrition rate to writing? Do people dive in full force to the writing and the blogosphere only to give up after a while if no success comes? Or are writers notoriously stubborn and determined, no matter what agents say?
Do you know people who have dropped out of this race because it just got too hard, or heart-wrenching?