Excerpt from “Submission Control” article about submitting your writing to publications, in the March/April 2019 issue of Writers Digest magazine, by Dinty W. Moore.
Sending your work to literary magazines puts you at the whim of editors—but there’s more in your power than you may realize.
Every few months, ask yourself why you’re doing this [writing]. If writing, waiting, and facing rejection make you truly miserable, maybe you should stop.
But if you don’t want to stop, if writing is necessary, like breathing, then change your way of thinking. The long wait, the long odds, the sometimes inscrutable aesthetic taste of the editorial staff: You have to put all of that aside and write new poems, essays and stories.
And that’s a good thing.
Because the more you write, the better you get.
Dinty W. Moore is the author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire, the writing guide Crafting the Personal Essay and other books. He is the editor of Brevity, a journal of flash nonfiction.