In 2005 a moderator on Fellowship of Christian Writers (FCW) encouraged freelance authors to post a goal on Monday. She suggested on Friday we post our accomplishments and praises. I took the advice. Now when I look back I can see where I’ve been and how far my writing has progressed.
In 2005 I celebrated when I received a rejection from “Focus on the Family” magazine. A rejection meant I’d submitted something. I figured if I kept submitting I might have enough rejections to wallpaper my office. In the process of collecting those rejections I succeeded in being published in fourteen anthologies, numerous magazines and I wrote for a weekly newspaper for eighteen months. My rejection file is rather slim—I like it that way.
At the same time I celebrated my Focus rejection, I posted a goal:
Keep the kitchen table clear of writing projects and organize the little papers (napkins, post its and receipts—you know the kind with one word, a sentence, or maybe a quote scrawled on it for safe keeping.
In the last four years I’ve advanced in my writing technique, and kept the table clean, but I haven’t conquered the “scrawl” a phrase here and there. I now have post-it’s in two Bible’s, a book of Clichés, my desk is littered and yes, I think I even have one in my pocket. The book I’m reviewing is bulging with notes, my desk is covered and well, I think I’ll focus my energy on a worthwhile project like using the papers to help other authors brainstorm.
I’ll return with ideas from those treasures—watch for them.