As you may have noticed, we have some "new" smiling faces here at Write1Sub1. Please join me in welcoming Von Rupert to the team as a fellow site administrator. You'll be seeing her name more often next year as she joins the monthly rotation, moderating Write1Sub1's posts and updates. Check out Von's bio on our "About Us" page to learn more about her, and be sure to visit her blog.
W1S1: How long have you been a W1S1er, and what induced you to
W1S1: What have you appreciated the most about this challenge?
Von: This was definitely one of those experiences that started out feeling very unnatural. Submitting was terrifying. Sending stories and poems off that I hadn't obsessed over for six months felt completely wrong. So I guess that's what I appreciated most: facing my fears and stepping out of my comfort zone. I reached a point probably in May where the process began to feel natural. If Friday arrived and I hadn't sent something off yet, I scrambled to get it done. The scrambling was a really good thing. And kind of exciting.
W1S1: How has W1S1 affected your writing?
Von: Oh W1S1 has definitely helped me improve my craft. Writing and submitting every single week has made me a faster writer and a better editor. Checking out the markets that other W1S1 writers submit to has inspired me to write in genres I used to be afraid to try.
W1S1: What keeps you motivated to write?
Von: Great writing. I read poetry and short fiction every single day. I want to evoke the same emotions in readers that writers have evoked in me. I LOVE the actual writing, the getting the story down, the fiddling with the sentences, the searching for the perfect word, the deleting of the useless stuff, the discovering of who my characters are. Another great thing about W1S1 is following the links and reading everyone's published material. We have an incredibly talented group of writers here, and I stay motivated and learn so much just from reading their work.
W1S1: Inquiring minds want to know: What's been your best/worst rejection?
Von: My first rejections were definitely the worst because I took them personally. It felt like they were rejecting me and who I am. I felt like a bad person because my writing somehow wasn't good enough. I think that's pretty natural in the beginning because we are our art, no matter how much we try to separate ourselves from it. Over the past year though, I've learned to compartmentalize what I do. The writing and editing is very much art and emotion for me. The submitting, publishing and handling rejections are the business part. I try to take as much of the emotion out of those as possible. Just like a rejection doesn't make me a bad person; likewise, an acceptance doesn't make me a great person. I try to keep those things in perspective.
W1S1: Glad to have you on board, Von! W1S1 2014 is seriously going to rock.