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Personal Milestone: I Submitted My First Short Story Ever!

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This week I submitted my first short story ever!

This is a huge personal milestone for me, since for who-knows-how-long, I’ve been hemming and hawing and finding a million excuses not to try doing it. I don’t have a good enough story. The story isn’t ready yet. I’ll toss this one and do better on the next one. I don’t have time to monitor the submission process. I’m not sure it’ll get accepted, so there’s no point. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

You understand. You’ve probably been there too. Is there a writer who hasn’t?

Well I finally did it.

One of my goals for 2018 is to publish a short story in a literary journal, magazine, or online publication. Basically, to have someone say yes to my story and put it somewhere where other people can read it.

*Psssssttt*

Did you know that if you don’t submit anything, you can’t get published?

Crazy, right?!

Maybe my all-time favorite motto comes from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

It’s pretty applicable to almost every important thing in my life. Like when I’m considering pursuing a promotion, negotiating a discount, or asking my husband to bring me another lowball glass of whiskey. When I start chickening out about things, I use this quote to summon the courage to do the damn thing.

In this case, I had to force myself to submit my short story.

And it actually turned out to be a bit of a pain in the ass. I didn’t realize there were so many steps to the process, and I learned a lot.

But I’m glad I did it. It’s a huge personal milestone, and a check mark next to one of my 2018 goals.