Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Reading your work in front of others...

I remember when I was nervous reading in front of others. Last evening, I read three pieces at SLWG open mike. They were well-received. Personal essay is expository; it reveals the many phases and facets of the writer. My worst fear is that others will judge ME instead of my writing.If you haven't read at an open mike, you should challenge yourself to do so.

I hit a gold mine this evening at my little neighborhood thrift store. I bought two books for $2.50,Creative Writing Exercises and Writer's Market Guide for On Line Submissions. Both books originally cost $22.00.

I submitted five essays to higher paying markets, and will wait patiently for a response. Like most writer's, I like instant gratification, but I can wait! I once heard a speaker say, "If you had a dress boutique, you wouldn't expect to sell all the dresses in one week; likewise, you can't expect all of your stories to be accepted." I believe that is good advice. Write on~

1 comment:

Julia said...

Wow. I didn't know they made a Writers Market now for online submissions!

Reading my work has always felt like a good practice for me. Each time, I tell myself I need to do this, because one day I hope to have a book tour, and I don't want to come off as a rank amateur. I know I've gotten better over the years, thanks especially to those SLWG open mics.