Why I Did Little For Aspiring Writers

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After I graduated from college three years ago, I wanted to quickly break into the writing world. I knew I had a writer 's mind and a writer 's blood, yet I didn 't acknowledge the true commitment it took to become a good writer. I experienced many months of harsh rejection after submitting my stories to various literary magazines and began to realize what it takes: constant hard work, constant revising, a thick skin and, mostly, never giving up. It’s then that I finally started focusing on something other than becoming published and decided to slow down, examine the work I was doing, why I was doing it and what needed to change. The first aspect I realized that needed changing was the static literature I was…show more content…
This was something I strictly enforced and still do. If I didn 't do my writing, I wasn 't going to go see that movie, I wasn 't going to meet my friends in the city or I wasn 't going to finish those last few chapters of the novel I was reading. Ultimately, I stopped making excuses for why I was not dedicating the right amount of time to the craft. So, five days a week I carve out four hours for studio time each day. These hours are spent writing or editing whatever project I am working on. I also allot an additional three to five hours for literature on the weekends because good writing has an extremely positive effect on my work. And even though I have a new group of favorite writers like Colum McCann, Junot Díaz, Lance Olsen, Anne Lamott and Sherman Alexi, I am open to different writers and genres that I would have neglected before. It 's also important for me to survey the work I have completed every few months. This helps me document what has been working, what hasn 't and what themes I have subconsciously been working with. Since adopting these stricter guidelines, I’ve been published several times. Of course, this was extremely exciting for a young writer. One of the publications that has meant the most to me was my university 's student and alumni journal, The Bridge. I had always submitted stories as an undergrad and was always rejected. A few years ago, I began writing a story from an idea that I had been nurturing since my high school
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