It has come to the attention of the Bureau of Risk Avoidance Maintenance that you have been feeling and expressing some measure of confidence. Agents of BRAM have heard reports that you told your writing group that you felt 'pretty good' about your writing life and that 'this was going to be your year'. We understand (through a careful analysis of your postings and visits to the mail box) that you are actively pursuing publishment of your ...ahem...writings.
We at BRAM wish to express the dangers inherent in such activity. Why if every writer took it into their heads to feel 'confident' and 'pretty good' what do you suppose might happen? It is for your own good, nay your safety, that you curb your desire to bring your writing out into the open air instead of keeping it safely locked down in a drawer or computer file where it belongs.
Counselling people to continue the healthy and SAFE practices of avoiding risk in all its forms is the mandate of BRAM. Here are the risks you will be exposed to if you continue on in this dangerous fashion:
- You will receive rejections. This is a known fact. Very few writers put their material out to the public without suffering from some rejection.
- That rejection may lead you to becoming despondent and you may miss important 'real' work because of it.
- You may receive acceptances. This has been known to happen.
- If you receive offers of publication or an agent desires to 'take you on' you may get giddy and drink foreign produced drinks such as tequila or Lagavullan.
- Your possible acceptance may lead the public to expect more writing from you.
- This will lead to possibly more rejection.
- And most importantly - should you get published - people will see what you've been up to. Are you sure you want to risk that?
Ms. Edna Squelch,
BRAM secretary of warnings
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