Read my first Star Wars comic book adventure, probably coming hot off the heels of the Star Wars buzz over the last few years. “Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes” (2010) is a brisk, fun read, and it amazes me how well the writer organized his theme to make it sound so resonate at the end. And Yoda is a lot of fun in this.
It is not an easy road getting published, but I had some good news about a month ago that a meditation I submitted to a journal is being seriously considered. It has passed the “first round” or phase one and is on the short list as it was. The outcome, I’ve been told, will take quite a while, which goes to show how rigorous getting selected for publication can be. Not easy. Many other devotional pieces are in the same boat, but only a few survive.
Reading is a writer’s handbook, for the ways words are written are the ways the writer can write, templates for pieces, spices for the writing life. Then one knows the ways of writing that can be done, but one settles in to one’s style, and then their work is done.
This year I thought I would write two in-depth pieces about the subjects of change and God’s love, but something stopped me in my tracks. Unbridled enthusiasm turned into conscientious objection.
I was keen on writing them, even started on one article. This kind of enthusiasm can be infectious. But I had a nagging doubt. Have I looked closely at the publications? Am I headed in the right direction by starting on the article.
I had a hunch of the kind of content the publications may use, but they weren’t the right publications on further inspection. They didn’t approach the subject the same way that I would.
Unbridled enthusiasm was reigned in, where looking closely replaced overlooking.
Despite the subjects being of common, I came from another approach.
So, the lesson of this story is: the commonality is the subject, the differences the approach to the subject and the kind of content used.
It’s good a thing to know if one is heading in the ‘wrong’ direction.
Save one’s self some agony down the road when the article would have been rejected if one had submitted it.
More publications are biting the dust. Revisiting some publications that I’ve thought of submitting to, I’ve noticed some have ‘shut-up shop’, the sad grave stone saying “final issue was..”.
It was a tad sad that I could never submit to those publications, but it’s also sad that more publications bite the dust.
There are others that are “no longer accepting unsolicited manuscripts” because obviously they have their full. There were others that weren’t a good fit for me.
And there was one, yes one, that seemed right, and I considered taking out a subscription to research the publication.
That’s the first thing my writing tutor told me: always research the market first. That was the first module–on market research.
It’s beneficial to research the market because one understands the publication and what one could offer it, how one could contribute, even with a bit of imagination to get in there.
I don’t consider every publication, but although some are lucrative, they would not fit in with me personally.
Though I could somehow “adapt”, I don’t take the risk. Anyhow, not everything is going to be good.
Go ahead and start writing the story because once one starts writing it one may find it’s no longer relevant. One had worked through one’s issues just before the story crystalized. Onto something better.
The response was reasonably positive from the editor, as he speculated on using the article sent him, at some stage in the future. The article’s done and dusted, now waiting.
An idea seems worthy of keeping and filing away, but then it’s accidentally deleted, but on thinking about the idea, it wasn’t that good after all. A moment in the life of a writer; pain, reasoning, acceptance of reality.
Takes time. Two projects in effect, taking time on them both. Rejections, had a couple, but their mist dissipates soon after. Successes, too, lifts one up. It’s not everything. Frank Sinatra sings. The sun still shines. Life can be fine.
A view to the positive while being realistic, a healthy balance, which can get out of whack.