Writing success is work
Two poems accepted for publication and what I've learned over the last two years or so.
Like reading tea leaves, so is the spam on my blog.
My 2020 writing goal was 100 rejections and you may remember I didn't quite make it. This year the goal was the same, with a similar result. I am not quite there yet. Or rather, I will reach 100 rejections sometime early in 2022. I am happy with this. Why? Because over these two years … Continue reading Beating the count
On killing darlings and seeing them reborn
Link to a new story by me. Thanks Schuylkill Valley Journal Online.
Some know the power of a name. Some possess powers of persuasion. Some wield multiple languages like maestros before orchestras. Some days, there are reminders words matter. The ones we write, the words we don't say, the details we edit. The stories we tell, and retell and the ones we hold back. I don't have … Continue reading Use your words
I am reminded by the state of my rejection per submission rate, that publication success is aggregation, but it does not gather interest of itself. I have learned each little success does help with my motivation, even it doesn't equal building momentum towards more successes. What I am trying to say is that being accepted … Continue reading Unreliable indicators
Some thoughts on editing
A poem to honour reaching forty writing rejections this year. Rejection quotations Thank you for your submission. On this occasion your story hasn't made it. I'm sorry to disappoint you. It’s just a competition. I have read and thought about the poems you sent me, but I'm not keeping them. I'm sorry to report we … Continue reading Rejection quotations