Friday, September 3, 2010


This week when I submitted a poem to a magazine and a personal essay to an anthology, a bit of a thrill fluttered through me as I pushed "send" to put my writing "out there."

I didn't know whether the editors would select my writing for their publications. So why the thrill, you ask? I, too, considered the question, and these are my answers:

1) I'd created something.
2) Whether my writing is accepted by the editors or not, for me, there is a thrill in possibility.
3) Anticipation is energy.
4) I'm doing something to move toward one of my greatest fantasies - to be a writer - rather than sitting around wishing.

Then, I wondered. If I ever do achieve great success as a writer, will I remain "unjaded?" Will I always feel the flutter inside that comes with simply submitting my work?

I hope so.


  1. There's no "if" about it. :-) When you become a successful writer, I think you'll remain unjaded. Each story, poem and novel is a new creation and each one takes another part of you and exposes it to the world. The thrill of possibility will always be there because just because one or twenty things were accepted and loved, you still have the uncertainty that the new item will get the same reaction.

    I can't wait for the "I knew her when" moment that will be coming soon. I can hear myself telling others..."Yes, I sat next to greatness every week. I've saved all the comments she wrote on my critiques because I knew they'd be worth millions one day."

  2. Thank you, Patty. Wow - you sure know how to spice up a fantasy! I'll race you to that "I knew her when" moment, because it's coming for you, too. And, what an exciting thing to think about!

  3. I'll take jade, gold, silver, or good old American greenbacks. As Samuel Johnson once said, nobody but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money. Alas, I keep writing for contributor's copies. . .

  4. Greg, the majority of us must do it for love -- and contributor's copies. :-)