Julie's Quest

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of writing, where we celebrate successes and commiserate our near misses. We tell it like it is here and will do our very best to help you on the road to being published and pick you up after the rejections (they will come!) Whether you are a professional or amateur writer you will find something useful here.

I hope you enjoy reading my posts and will visit again soon.

Happy Writing

Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Sunday, 19 June 2011

S is for ............ Schedule, Statistics and shoulder to cry on

Do you write to a schedule, or just as and when the mood/circumstances take you? Most writers have other commitments that prevent them from writing. This can be annoying when you've got a story burning a hole in your brain and you can't write it down because you're in the middle of Tescos or knee deep in nappy changing! If you write in an ad hoc way it can mean your writing becomes disjointed. If you're only committed to writing once in blue moon, then you're not giving your writing the best chance you can. The key is to write regularly: whether it's 500 words a day or 3000 or more  -  it doesn't matter. What does matter is that you write regularly to keep that writing muscle supple and strong. Schedule some writing time into your day and you'll soon see the results.

What are the odds? I wonder what the probability of getting your short story published is? It would be interesting to find out what percentage of short stories that magazines receive are actually published. I think it might make for frightening reading! But the only way to beat the statistics and be the one in 100 or whatever stories that make it through is it write and sub them.

If you get a rejection you know where you can come for a shoulder to cry on. Your blogger friends are always here to chivvy you up and get you back on the writing road. A rejection, although disappointing, is not the end of the world  -  we shall overcome! So don't hold it in - let it all out - you'll feel better for it! I don't know what I'd do sometimes without the support I get from here and from my writing group. No writer is an island.

Happy writing!

Julie  xx

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