Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created right here at Bookish Ardour and is for everyone to participate in. Every Wednesday I will post a new question for writers to answer on their own blogs or to answer in the comments. You can be aspiring, you can be published, or just write as a hobby.
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This Week’s Question: Submitting your work to any medium, such as a
newspaper or magazine, competition or ezine. Tell us about your submission
experiences and if you haven’t done it before, have you or would you
My Answer – Most of the questions or discussion topics I post come about from my experiences or what I’m doing at the time and considering submitting to competitions and review sites is something I’ve been doing lately. They’re all coming out of the woodwork for me and, even though I have come across them before, it seems like it’s every other day that I come across a new one by complete accident. and I feel that’s because I am ready to submit some work, all my life has been a build up to being published.
I’ve gone from story telling (with some seriously out there, crazy, bullshit, stories, when I was a kid, that I tried to pass off as reality) to writing lengthy short stories, world building in my head and developing lots of characters to understanding subtext and the magic of story telling, researching and researching some more to understanding the work that goes behind the story telling and bringing it to life, and amongst everything else finally learning the difference between an author and a writer with all the work that entails.
The last time I physically submitted anything though was back in primary school to the school magazine and that was two stories, one about potatoes (oh yeah, you read right), and one about a trip to Hawaii. Neither of these were fiction, but I guess if I was one of those crazy story telling children who tried to pass off my fictional adventures as truth then non fiction stories would make sense.
I digress. My point is I’m sure I’ve come a long way from writing about potatoes (I’m sure they let that one in there just for a laugh because what kid writes about that?), but I’m still a little nervous about submitting work to something that makes it even more real and concrete. So I don’t have any experiences about actual submission and instead it’s more of the experience that a newbie submitter experiences than anything.
I won’t list what ones they are until after I’ve submitted to them because I feel I put enough pressure on myself without going public with it. Oh and I’m going to see if I can find the potato story and share it (so we can laugh together) with a comparison of a newer short story about a responsible monster which is really about fear of the unknown and unwillingness to understand.
I don’t think I really answered that question, but oh well! If you have an answer, experience to share, or just want to ramble on like I did, I’d love to see what you post.
Next Week's Question: Pantser or Plotter? Which one are you and have you ever tried the other way? To submit a question please email firstname.lastname@example.org with WriWe in the subject title.