I get caught talking to myself. I imagine people think I’m on the edge of sanity, if not slipping down the side. In fact, I am holding a staff meeting. Don’t snicker. Think about the for traditional staff meetings:
1) To go over the accomplishments over a stated period of time—or lack thereof
2) To evaluate those successes and/or failures
3) To set new goals reflecting what has been learned based on successes and/or failures
4) To set new time tables for production
5) To build co-operation and communication between staff members
For a writer this means:
1) Dwelling on rejections while trying to concentrate your attention on acceptances
(“I made 50 bucks this quarter on a story. Besides, The Paris Review doesn’t know a good poem from a croissant.”)
2) 50 bucks is better than nothing
3) Maybe that piece wasn’t right for the Paris Review
4) I will rewrite that poem before sending it out again. I will start on at least one new story every day. I will get back to unfinished novel # 32. I will finish it all by spring, or fall, or next week, or next month.
5) I will listen to my husband and critique groups suggestions with an open mind. I will not pout.
Ok, that last one is expanding the definition of “staff.” This is necessary for a writer to do at some point in order to get outside opinions and keep from talking ONLY to oneself. That would be just crazy.