In which my rejection letters improve.
So I sent out a short story before VP that I thought was some of my best writing ever. In truth, it was my best writing ever. But after VP I knew what was wrong with the story.
It wasn’t a story.
Since VP I’ve been hoping I pulled one over on the target submission, but I’m not quite that clever. They called me on the story’s lack of a story, and a loose end that I though was mysterious and they just thought was a loose end. But…the letter did take the title of nicest rejection I’ve received so far. The rejection was personalized, and it mentioned several positives about the depth and interaction of the characters. Everything I learned at VP has been reinforced, and I might (might) be able to fix the story.
I’m not there yet, but I feel closer.