Last week I updated this site, not just the design but also the links to my work elsewhere etc and I noticed that lately I haven’t been nearly as prolific in putting my work out there as I have been in the past. This week however, that all changed. I have submitted a few stories to a few different places and my work is once again sitting on the great cosmic slush pile, eagerly awaiting some kind eyes to glance at it.
The reason I feel like this small event is worth documenting is that I forgot how exciting the submission process is; it’s terrifying, and often exhausting, but also liberating. I always write for myself but I also want people to read my stories, I want to share them with the world, and that can’t happen when I keep them behind the bars of my hard drive. I have been holding on to these particular pieces for so long, a valid reason as to why becoming less and less valid as the days go on, that I began to lose confidence in them and by extension myself. Writing is such a solitary activity but it needs outside influence to really flourish, even if it’s just a friend or family member reading it over, don’t hoard it away, show people.
“Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.” – Paulo Coelho
Statistically these two pieces will likely get rejected, but for me this is a breakthrough and a step once more towards what I want. I am happy enough with these stories to let other people finally pass judgement, I have let them out into the world and maybe they’ll come back to me with a little wounded pride, maybe the kind eyes will send them further out, who knows? They’re on their own for now, there’s nothing more I can do, besides wait.
post script : how do you get feedback on stories/poems/any creative venture? I have been thinking of trying to organise an online writers circle recently, let me know if you would be interested.