Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Hitting That Send Button

Joining in with the online discussion on the book "On Being A Writer" by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig. Today we are working through Chapter 6: Send.

Newspaper print laid out on the table, cutting and pasting the articles into their place. In High School, I spent much of my time on our school's newspaper. It was a way for me to write articles and share my love of writing in another way. After high school and college, while at seminary, I joined the Persistent Voice. The Persistent Voice is a newsletter that is "an ongoing conversation between men and women at Wartburg Seminary; Dubuque Iowa that  reaches across the world." As a member of the staff of the Persistent Voice, I had several poems and articles published. I gained more writing, editing, and publishing skills.

However, I never though much of having those items published because I was on the staff and was a student at the seminary. After while, I got braver and started submitting writing material to other places. I submitted a poem to poetry.com for their poetry anthology. I was pleasantly surprised when I received a letter saying they would like to publish my poem in their anthology. I purchased a copy of the anthology to share with my friends and family. (You can find that poem here: Tribute to New York Rescue Workers)

Over the years, while serving in Minnesota, I began submitting my work to a few literary contests. I often would ask my friends and family for their input. I would carefully select my submission and email it off. The waiting was always the hardest part. Often times when I saw the submission place in my email "from" line, my heart would skip a beat as I clicked on the email to open it. My eyes would scan the email to see what they thought of my piece. Every time it was rejection. One can only experience rejection so many times, so every time my heart and ego became a little more deflated.

I have learned to pick myself up, dust myself off and keep writing. Last April, I was out with some colleagues when one of them asked a question. I popped onto my work email to check out the information for them. As I was looking for that email, another email caught my eye. I quickly found the information we needed and then I went back and read the other email that had caught my eye. It was from a respected blog that I read daily asking if they could republish one of my blog posts on their site. I replied that indeed they could republish it. I can't even tell you how giddy and excited I was. Several of my seminary friends and colleagues have had their pieces published on this blog too. It was finally MY TURN! (Living Lutheran: You are Seen)

And, suddenly, I didn't feel so scared about hitting that send button.


13 comments:

  1. very very cool! When I worked as a production artist / graphic designer back in the day, although there actually were some rudimentary graphic design and a couple of primitive layout programs, we still did mechanical pasteup and it was so fun! As you already know, you're so correct about picking yourself up and dusting yourself off, writing another sentence. etc. Sane with any creative or expressive endeavor. Sometimes what we've written truly is wonderful, often I'll discover a possible or a necessary improvement myself, and at times people are negative because it's not their style or because of envy. So sad. I think I'm going to do the Oct month of 1 word prompts and still need to message you soon. Hugs!

    PS in terms of book submissions, you probably already know to research what that particular publisher wants for content, style, length, etc.

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    1. You for sure should do the Oct month of one word prompts. It is a great way to start out with the challenge. Hugs to you too friend!

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    2. yes, almost definitely (thanks for the encouragement) because I've been lovin' Five Minute Fridays ♥♥ Happy Happy BIrthday!!!!! ♥♫

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    3. I am so glad you are loving Five Minute Fridays!! :)

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    4. yes, thanks, and I was proud of myself for keeping a stray sentence in my play last Friday—something I would have needed to delete in a finished blog post. Of course, if auto-correct decides something way far different than I intended, I'll change it, but this is good for those of us who are detailed perfectionists. And I believe that's most of us women and a lot of guys, too who have accomplished a fair amount.

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  2. Rejection is hard but I'm glad you have kept writing. I'm glad you have had encouragements along the way too, to help you keep going.

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    1. Hi Carly, thanks for adding how important those encouragements are! Without some, and without memories of many others, keepin' on keepin' it would be even harder :( and sometimes become drudgery 3:)

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    2. Carly, Rejection is hard!

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  3. Wow tara how exciting!!! I never thought about the school newspaper. I was too busy looking for boys :( I loved that quote from the book too but a busy day didn't allow me to add much extra. I may edit and add more tomorrow.

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    1. Yeah no boy chasing for me. I rather enjoyed being on my school's newspaper staff. Such a great quote!!

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  4. This is really encouraging. I know a lot of writers talk about the most important aspect of writing or getting published is having tough skin. I need to work on that more. I withhold myself from so many opportunities because I fear rejection. I am glad to see that some people have discovered your awesome talent and seen the value in it. More to come!

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    1. although I enjoy writing and probably need to start calling myself a writer, I'm a working graphic artist/designer, and do you ever need tough skin for that endeavor, too!

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    2. Rejection is hard, but when someone likes your words, it is so worth it. Thank you Natalie!

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