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    Unhelpful Rejection Letters: A Rant

    As I put Replaneted to bed and put into the bin of other failures, I gotta rant about the rejection process. In “On Writing”, King says you keep writing, keep submitting to agents, and expect to get form letters. The signal you’re getting good will be when you start getting personalized rejection letters. Something that says “we didn’t like this, but try again”. Of course, King was doing this back in the 1970s and 1980s. Those were the days, weren’t they? Back when you sent in physical copies of your manuscript and had to pay for stamps. Nowadays you’re lucky to get a response at all, let alone a form…

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    I Don’t Do Well in Talk Therapy

    Revision progress: Pages complete: 26% Word count reduction: 7.6% I do not do well in talk therapy. I just don’t open up. I am not cool with strangers, and it takes a lot of time and trust for me to open up like that. It’s a miracle I ever got married. My wife is a very understanding and patient soul. But I digress. Psychologists aren’t an option for me. It would be a waste of time. Oh, I’ve tried it. It didn’t work. I can’t do the face-to-face eye contact thing. Nobody uses a couch anymore, and I think that would work a lot better for me, if I was…

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    I know why I’m having trouble getting motivated to write. When a story idea exists in your head, it is perfect. It’s maybe a bit nebulous. Maybe it’s not a 100% from beginning to ending story. But it exists in a perfect state. It has no flaws. The characters are exactly who you imagine. The imagery is exactly how you expect it. No clumsy wording muddling things up. That creature you imagine? He’s perfect. He does everything you expect him to. He acts like you want. His pleas have the right tone. Your leading girl looks the way you want. The action is tight and quick, photographed and animated exactly…