WANTED: Real Stories From Our Readers
We want to publish YOUR stories about making submissions.
> Did you get an unusual/funny/unexpected rejection?
> Did a submission that was originally turned down suddenly receive an acceptance letter?
> What was your most meaningful acceptance so far? Your most meaningful rejection?
> In your opinion, what does it take to make successful submissions?
> Anything else you want to share about what it’s like to be a writer making submissions?
If you would like us to consider publishing YOUR true story on our blog, post it here as a comment!
Deadline: September 8
Length: 300 words MAX
CONTEST: We are going to compile our favorite stories to share with our followers. Leave a comment below by September 8th, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of our acclaimed book, THE HAPPY WRITER! U.S. residents only.
For most writers, a little perfectionism isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The drive to create stories, poems, essays, and books that are perfect can propel a writer’s skills from “just okay” to “stellar”—and ultimately publishable.
But perfectionism also has a dark side: If you’re a perfectionist writer, you probably agonize over every word each step of the way. Your inner critic is an ogre. No matter how often you rewrite and revise, you’re unable to accept that a given piece is done, and so you don’t submit it for publication. Or maybe you shy away from sharing your writing at all, convinced of its inadequacies. The process that should be a fun, joyful, and creative experience instead becomes fraught with worry and imagined disapproval. When perfectionism is at its worst, it leads to writer’s block (Such as: If I can’t write anything good, I won’t write at all).
When the pressure to be perfect is overwhelming, try some of these encouraging techniques.