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Cowboy Up

Posted by Ali on October 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I recently came across a cool article by Joel Gascoigne titled 5 Realizations That Helped Me Write Regularly. He's talking about ways to stop stalling and start writing and he makes some good points about how, and why, to JUST DO IT.


I'm still pondering the point:


3. We should fear not publishing articles, rather than fearing the bad outcomes of putting something out there


It sticks in my head especially given the timing and my goal to get three rejections before the end of the year. I've been wasting time trying to figure out what perfect story to submit, what to write new to submit, etc. etc. and I haven't been spending enough time actually submitting. Why? Because, for all that it's my goal to get rejected, I'm experiencing some fear.



But, maybe I'm looking at it all wrong. Instead of fearing rejection (fearing not being good enough), I should fear not making the attempt. What does it say about the quality of my writing if I don't think I'm good enough to risk rejection for the sake of getting it out there? Hrm... Time to cowboy up, for sure.


New goal: By the end of this week, I will have submitted to at least three markets.

Categories: Advice, Writing Process, Publishing

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