What I Have Learned the Last 25 Days
A Reflection on Life and Rejections
Twenty five days ago I embarked on a journey. I wanted to submit more. I wanted to force myself to revise. I wanted to have an excuse to streamline my writing process with a spreadsheet.
Benefit 1: More Reading
Along the way I have researched journals to submit writing to and have stumbled across such fantastic fiction, especially flash. Reading more has been nourishing to my own writing.
Benefit 2: More Awareness of the Fiction World
I am becoming more aware of some of the more prestigious journals and places to publish. I am also paying attention to the editors and how some of them are the respected short stories writers I adore.
Benefit 3: Change of Mindset
I am reading Don’t Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller with my book club turned mastermind. Chapter 3 is mostly about joy from my interpretation. As I read it to ready myself for the discussion my joy and my word of MORE were prominent in my mind. I received a nice rejection in my inbox. The editor said he had reread my story several times and had decided to pass but it was not a reflection of the writing. He said it was a lovely piece and it just wasn’t right for the publication.
Benefit 4: Joy In Stages
As writers we want to be read — many of us are compelled to write but we want someone to read it eventually. By submitting pieces this ensures at least one person reads our writing — isn’t that what we really want? The bottom line is we want to be read — take the leap — send something out. There are many points of joy along the submission process even if I am ultimately passed over or rejected. There is joy in the finishing of the story. Then the joy of having a beta reader’s eyes on your words. The joy of sending your writing out in the world. The joy of anticipation to see what the editor said about your piece. The joy of acceptance!
Benefit 5: The Numbers
The spreadsheet is surprisingly satisfying to log entries in. You can see progress as it grows! It is easier to log the places I stumble across to submit to as well.
As of today:
29 pieces sent
13 in limbo