Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Welcome Aboard, Von Rupert!

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 start?

Von:  I ran across the site in 2012 while researching Ray Bradbury. I thought what you guys were doing was pretty exciting and kind of terrifying. I stalked you that entire year. It wasn't until January 2013 that I officially became a W1S1er, making it my priority to write and submit every week. What induced me to start? I felt confident enough with my basic writing skills to take my dream to the next level. Taking classes and editing for other writers was great practice, but I really needed to jump into that writing lake and test the waters for myself, see if I could learn to swim. I don't think I'm swimming yet, but I'm getting pretty good at treading water. :)

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.

16 comments:

  1. Welcome, Von! It's tremendous to have you on board.

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    1. Aww thanks, Stephen! I'm thrilled to be contributing. :) Such a talented group of writers over here.

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  2. Von, this is incredible news ans quite synchronistic,as well. I had already made up my mind to set a goal this year and really strive for it. Your presence here is just icing on this writer's cake. I am proud of you and am looking forward to interning with you this F2K.

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    1. Thanks, Tom! Awesome, that you're joining us at W1S1 in 2014. And I'm so glad you signed on to intern with me. I'm up to my ears in Ray Bradbury descriptions and quotes, trying to figure out which ones work best for which lesson. A fun kind of chaos.

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  3. Congrats Von- You deserve this and every other wonderful thing that comes your way. You are the best! Kent

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    1. Thank you so much, Kent! Right back at ya! Watching you progress form our early days in FD to now has been awesome. :)

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  4. Glad to have you on board, Von. You're certainly someone this community could use.

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    1. Thank you, Siobhan, I appreciate your kind words. I'm glad you and I joined the admin. team at the same time. :) I think we're going to have a great time 2014.

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  5. Welcome Von. I am sure we can find you to be very helpful.

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    1. Hi Munir! Thank you! If you need anything, just give a shout. I'll try my best to be helpful. Being a newbie, I'll probably be asking for a lot of help myself from the other admins. :)

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  6. Welcome aboard (in a new, more official capacity) Von!

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda! Always nice to see you! I'm kind of giddy about the new official capacity. :)

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  7. Looking forward to working with you in 2014! Happy writing in the new year!

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    1. Thank you, Devin! Right back at ya! I'm so excited about 2014. I even bought a writing calendar. :)

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    1. Hiya, Patsy! :) Good to see you. Happy Writing in 2014!

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