I choose and pick the thoughts that seem logical, discard those that seem superfluous and proceed towards the completion of the post. Well, Madame Time won’t sit twiddling her thumbs, waiting for the war to end! Moreover, there are errands to run, chores to complete; I can’t be sitting at the table fiddling with my laptop all day, can I?
So, after having collated the thoughts that will make their way into the post, I type like a woman possessed. For almost a half hour, my fingers work tirelessly to give me the post I have pictured in my mind. Finally, I look up with pride as I have a 500 word post ready! I give myself a high 5 for having accomplished a seemingly gruelling task in less than an hour. As my heart dances at this achievement, my mind taps it softly on its shoulder, bringing it to its senses.
Just writing a post is not the end of the race. It requires thorough proofreading, editing and polishing till it sparkles like a diamond. Ah, yes, the mundane chores can wait, but my post can not! So, I roll up my sleeves and get down to the nitty-gritty of proofreading. Even as I work on my syntax, and my grammar, my heart decides to go on its own trip to Fantasy Land.
“After I polish this post to a shine, I will submit it here, and there, and oh, everywhere! It looks impressive! People will definitely like it, nay, love it!”
Bouncing in glee like a little girl, I work on my post. I snip off words that seem redundant, change sentences to make them smarter, polish the rough edges and after another half hour, sit back to admire my creation. Ah! Now, that is what you call a ‘masterpiece’! Yes! My ego beams with pride. It definitely will get appreciated and, yes, published, too. It will, it will, it will! I click on the save button and then on the publish button. There, now it’s on my blog! I then proceed to submit it to all the publications I can think of and sit back contentedly, anticipating congratulatory letters from them all.
An hour passes by, my mind finds it tough to concentrate on the chores at hand. I wonder if my blogger- friends have read it yet; I wonder what comments they have left behind! I check before retiring for the day. Mm, yes, a couple of comments..only? My heart skips a beat. I pray for more traffic on my blog and go to sleep.
The next day, I check in every hour, but alas, I find but a few comments. That’s all! My heart almost breaks into a sob. I console it and cheer it up by reminding it about the several publications that are bound to admire my work. But, as luck would have it, none of them do! Heart broken, I put my laptop away. My mind is crestfallen and it needs some time alone. So, there won’t be any writing for some time now. I take a long leave of absence from social media after my ego, too, succumbs to the dejection.
Finally, after a week or so, I switch on the laptop, and casually glance at the news feed on Facebook. And, what do I find there? An article shared by a dear blogger friend.
The title of the article – Why you should aim for a 100 rejections a year.