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