Doing the writer’s sigh
Recently I have done the writer’s jig a few times. This is when I get a story or poem accepted for publication in a magazine. It is in the form of a little celebration dance around the room, accompanied by a yippee or three.
Sad to say, I did the writer’s sigh a few days ago. Another rejection letter in the mail. [SIGH] I’d done all the right things (write things???) too.
A few writing hints:
- Read the publisher’s guidelines and follow them carefully.
- Read the magazine you are submitting to in order to understand their style and the type of stories or articles that are used in that publication.
- Edit your story – make it as good as you can – rewriting as needed.
- Read your story aloud, watching out for phrases and sentences that sound wrong or clumsy.
- Submit your story, article or poems.
- Go on writing new material.
- When you get a rejection, print out a fresh copy and send it off again.
- read every day
- write every day
- take time for yourself every day