Dear Writing Gods

So, Writing Gods, I’m still here. Just in case you’d forgotten. I mean, I’m sure you hadn’t, because you’re the all-seeing, all-knowing Writing Gods, but maybe you got a bit distracted by a brilliant, funny writer or a writer who wears way cooler clothes than I do or maybe a writer who actually spends more time at their desk than baking. And I’d understand that, really I would. But I haven’t given up. I’m still here in my ugg boots with my copy of ‘How Not to Suck at Writing’ and I’m still making up stories and sending them away. But it’s been quiet. Eerie.

Here’s something I wonder – do you ever think the acceptances and awards we writers get could be spaced out a little better? As Writing Gods, do you ever consider using your influence to drip-feed our successes throughout the year? Why must we get all our good news close together, then nothing for months? Writing Gods, it’s cruel.

So anyway, if you’re not too busy, maybe fling something my way? Anything would be fine. A longlist, an honourable mention. Hell, I’d take a personal rejection note at this point. Just a sign from above not to open a bakery.

Also, Writing Gods, sorry for whining. I appreciate the thrills of the Writing Life, I really do. I know I’m so fortunate. I thank you for your bounty and I grovel humbly before you.

Yours in readiness,


15 thoughts on “Dear Writing Gods

    • Thank you Louise! Your support and encouragement mean a lot to me. And I know this is all part and parcel of being a writer, especially an early career writer. Really I just need to suck it up buttercup and keep going!

  1. Gorgeous post, Fiona! Maybe if all of us writers pray collectively to the Writing God(esse)s we might be heard? Just relieved I’m not the only one uttering (non-denominational) writing prayers into the ether x

    • You are most certainly not alone! And I love your idea of a collective prayer.
      I suppose these things just come in ebbs and flows but it’s a strange business. You have a few writing successes and feel like you’re gathering momentum, but then … nope. Nothing for awhile. I’m sure it’s character-building and all that, blah blah blah!
      Wishing you some great writing news soon 🙂

  2. Hahahah this was great and I can definitely relate!! So far my writing career has been one characterised by rejection, silence and failure. The only positive words I’ve ever received about my writing are from lovely WordPress bloggers like yourself. Like you said, I’d even be happy with a rejection email once and a while!

    Last year I applied for a position with an online Australian literary magazine/blog. I spent a week on my submission article and thought it wasn’t too shabby – only to get a stinging email back from the editor saying ‘It actually needs a lot of work’ and then a long list of everything that was wrong with it, plus a ‘maybe you might like to reapply when your article writing improves.’ To make it worse, it was a VOLUNTEER position. Ouch. On the plus side, a lovely Indie author asked me to do a guest post on her blog – and I was able to use said article, so it wasn’t a total waste 🙂

    Here’s to something coming your way ASAP! (If it hasn’t already, as I see this blog is from 30th July.)


    • Hi Milly, so lovely to hear from you and thank you for your consoling words. I think being rejected is just part and parcel of writing, and it happens a lot at the beginning and hopefully at least a little less as we get more experienced?! I also think writing is so subjective – for example, the piece you submitted to the rude editor probably delighted the Indie author.
      And although it is now into September, still no exciting news here, but I feel certain it is just around the corner! (always just around the corner!) x

  3. What a delightful plea to the Writing Gods. I hope they heard your prayer! I’m seeing so many familiar names among those who have commented on this post, so I’m really looking forward to reading more on your website, Fiona.

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