I've decided that my writing goal for 2014 is to make 365 (thoughtful!) submissions. Queries count. Short stories count. Contests count. Heck, I'm even going to say self-publishing a piece counts, if I choose to do that. (Not in my plans per se, but you never know.) Why? Because in 2013, I left so many good pieces of work sitting without a chance for a home because one or two people said no. I let a few people's lack of enthusiasm make me feel like the manuscripts I loved and the manuscripts a lot of trustworthy betas loved must be garbage. And I chanted to myself, "if you were just good enough, everyone you submitted to would've said yes." (Y'know, because apparently things like market saturation, similar submissions, a perceived niche audience, and just plain not good days to submit don't exist in my little world.)
I'm done with that attitude. Turns out that when you make stuff, not everyone wants to give you money for it. And that's okay. I wrote something. I think it's sellable. And I'm sending it out into the world based on that notion. If the world thinks so too, we'll have a happy chat. In the meantime, I'll be off writing more somethings. That's what I can control.
I'm already a real writer. And I'm gonna win. :)