Dear JOME followers and readers. I thought you might help me while I test the waters of my thoughts.
I am formulating a plan for this semester’s (not holiday, you Swedes, school term) project for the Masters in Professional Writing course. It requires several levels of thought and action.
Clearly Writing is my pen name for the launch of the fiction writer known to you as Journey of Mixed Emotions (aka Amanda Wood). I discovered something about myself over the last 6 months of the professional writer’s course – if I have an assignment, a goal, a deadline, I write fiction stories. If I have a break and no reason to write, I don’t.
Hence the title of this project. The idea is that I will collate and locate all the potential magazines and online places where I could possibly submit writing. It might be fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, but that is OK because I am a generalist. I hope to focus in the long term with some kind of style or genre but it has not become clear to me yet.
Some of these submissions will require me to pay money, some will take a long time to come to fruition, if they ever do. Some will not pay money, but I will be published, or rejected.
How Many Rejections Can I Get?
And that is the second half of my plan, to collect rejection letters, emails and “slips”. Yes, you read it correctly. This part of the project is inspired by Stephen King’s book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. In this amazing book, he discusses his evolution into a writer. He writes about all the rejection slips he collected from a young age, and how many of the little handwritten notes from random editors inspired and guided him. This piece of information sticks in my mind.
I am not a teenager. I only have 1 rejection slip to my name (fiction writing, that is). I need to have a reason to write, and I need to become brave and accepting of rejection.
To be Published is the Goal
And if I have these deadlines and topics on a schedule, I will probably meet some of the criteria, so I might get published, too. Which would be nice of course.
Other key advice from Stephen (I hope I can call him Stephen, he inspired me today so much) is applicable to this project as well. To write for the sake of writing, not for money. I don’t need money, I have a full time job. I have debts to pay, so yes, it would be cool to be able to get into the black again (have I ever been in the black…hmmmm). But it is not important to me. I took a mortgage out on my life by going back to school, back in the 1990s and now in 2014.
I just need a Reason to Write, and I think I found it.
Thoughts Ideas Suggestions Welcome
I need to submit a draft media plan including mission statements and so forth by Monday June 30th, but it always a work in progress. I have posted on this blog because I want to include you, dear reader, in my journey. However, the plan is to document this journey on the Clearly Writing site since I won’t be able to publish the stories themselves (usually a strict requirement for submissions).