One Thing All Writer’s Want To Avoid – The First Day of Spring Taunt

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Photo by somadjinn

This week one of the most anticipated moments of the year for Minnesotans was upon us. The first day of spring.

After months of snowbanks, shovels, cabin fever, and subzero temperatures we were finally going to feel the sunlight on our skin, even see green grass.  At the first sign of a heat wave, 30 degrees and up, many a Minnesotan will start wearing shorts and replace their jackets with sweatshirts.

As for me, I was searching in my garage for shorts, wearing flip flops around my house, and trying to find my softball glove. This is spring. Time to celebrate.

OR NOT!

The first day of spring was a complete bust! The temperature plummeted twenty degrees from the day before and we were looking at temperatures in the single digits. Snow even fell in my neck of the woods. Talk about a let down!

One Thing Every Writer Should Avoid

Sometimes as writers we give the same let down to editors and agents as the first day of spring gave Minnesotans this year. We give the promise of great things and then we don’t deliver. It is quite easy to get caught up in this mistake without intending to.

Here are a few ways writers give editors and agents a big let down:

*Never hitting send.

*Sending in a poorly polished manuscript.

*Missing deadlines.

*Delivering a different story than appears in the synopsis by a huge difference.

*Being a one manuscript author.

*Being unteachable or a difficult client.

*Neglecting to learn about what an agent or editor is looking for before sending material that isn’t a good fit.

The good news is that most of these problems can be simply avoided by doing your homework. Realistically we will all fall short once in a while or there would be no such things as rejection letters and everyone would be published.

Take a moment to reflect on each of these and how you can avoid falling into the trap of the First Day of Spring Taunt!

What are some other things to avoid as writers to avoid the big let down for editors and agents?

 

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

3 thoughts on “One Thing All Writer’s Want To Avoid – The First Day of Spring Taunt

  1. dtopliff says:

    I share your pain about spring (or unspring) here, but at least the geese and some birds are back. The list to guarantee spring for writers is good, too. Have a great week!

  2. I won’t tell y’all that it was 60 degrees here, then with sunshine. 🙂
    I had an editor or an agent, don’t remember which,, who said that 75 % of writers she asked for a submission from never sent it in.

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