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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Putting Myself Out There

I've been planning for several weeks now, how I would resolve to push myself where my poetry and fiction are concerned in Twenty-Ten. I hate to admit that I've never really submitted my best work, for fear that I'd learn it's not nearly as good as those nice twitter followers and the friends in my writer's group say it is.

Do all writers feel like they're the only ones in any given group of writers who are kidding themselves?

I spent the morning combing through Duotrope's list browsing online journals, reading some amazing poetry, and some poetry I didn't really like much. It's hard work, this submission process. Not because it requires reading and getting acquainted with the type of work certain journals seem to like, but because it forces me to examine my own work closely, to compare, to weigh and measure. All this without getting discouraged and throwing in the towel.

If you follow or read, and you feel so inclined, please share your thoughts.

How do you face the submission process, and how would you encourage others to do so? I could use some encouragement today before I dive back in and force myself to stretch and grow and risk.

I appreciate any response.

Keep writing, keep reading, keep reaching.


Fat, Female and Forty said...

We can only be our best selves. Don't be hard on yourself. Take a few risks and have fun!

Fat, Female and Forty said...

Hi TL! I found you by looking in my "interests" on my profile. If you've never done that, you can click on one of your interests and it will bring up others' profiles who have the same interests. I enjoyed your blog and plan to be back. Always looking for fun and interesting reads!

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