COMMITMENT

A commitment to writing is a dangerous animal. It roars and breathes fire that licks at the brain even when you are sleeping. It never leaves you alone and yet it adds a dimension to your life that warms the heart and stresses you to the nth degree. I've written before about my constant genre jumping but lately I feel a pull into a more committed type of writing. It takes work and perseverence which is difficult to do when I already have a full time job, but I have no choice. It is in me and it is what I do.

I have had enough success with short stories recently to know I need to concentrate on that as my writing genre. Of course poetry will still abide as it is my first reading/writing love and my true passion. Why waste all that time on trying to finish a novel that has been in progress for three years now when I have written at least 20 stories this year, and numerous poems. I need to put some time into revising and submitting all that work. Nothing gets publsihed sitting in a binder on a shelf.

It's time to make a commitment to study, read, write, revise and submit short stories and poems. As September blooms cool and welcoming I will move ahead toward more success.

Today I resubmitted a story that was just rejected and I sent two queries for my short story collection to agents. I am now searching all resources for agents and publsihers of short story collections and researching markets for individual stories and poems.

Wish me luck my blogging and writing friends.

Comments

  1. Hi Renee,

    I am happy to hear that you continue to write as it is your passion, your calling.

    I have been in love with the written word since I was a kid, but it wasn't until two years ago when a majory corporate restructure made ma reanalyze my life. It was at that point that I dedicded to make a bold move and pursue a career in writing. The road has not been easy one, it's been full of bumps, and dissappointments, ups and downs, but it has DEFINITELY taught me a lot.

    As you point out committing to writing is the first thing, tell others, make yourself accountable to it - I myself have a challenage of writing 1K words a day and I've been keeping to it. Another thing is to read, read, read and YES study writing. I am currently reading a powerful book called Word Painting, it is phenomenal.

    I wish you much success in your writing!

    Take care!

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