Rejection concentrates the mind wonderfully.
I've got a three or four stories that I was rather proud of at the time I wrote them, but which have each since been rejected several times. Each time they come back, I think, "Why is this being rejected?" and "How is this different from fiction that I did sell?" Sometimes the rejecting editors' comments help. God, it's taken time, but I think I am finally beginning to see what's wrong with these stories. (Usually it boils down to, cool idea, but no tension, no twist, no climax/unsatisfying climax/faked climax.) Why did it take me so long?
Experience keeps a dear school, &c.
Which leaves me with two questions: Are these stories worth fixing? and, How can I avoid making the same mistake again?
詐欺師 == sagishi
== (noun) swindler, imposter, crook
|Left radical is 'person' (人), right radical is 'righteousness' (義), thus: 'righteous person'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Righteous person obeys rules in ceremony.'|