Do It On Purpose, Or It Won’t Happen

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I recently had a friend e-mail me and ask me why I write so many articles and blogs about dealing with the obstacles that keep a writer from writing.

“Why not spend more time sharing your ideas about writing, and talk about the stuff you have sold.”

Maybe  she is right. I do like to write about all aspects of writing, but I think that I tend to spend so much time writing about the ‘obstacles’ because there are so many ‘would-be-writers’ out there that should be and could be writers, but are not.

So many creative minds quickly loose a real passion for the art because of all the obstacles. I have ran into way too many people that have handed me off a great story, at a coffee shop, e-mail, bookstore,etc., and it is a real shame to hear them say that they would love to write but do not have the time to pursue it.

There are thousands if not millions of amazing stories, right now, sitting somewhere, unpublished, and unenjoyed. I once read a statistic that said 89% of writers do not get published, because they do not follow through with the process.  I can believe that too. Published writers are published because they followed through.

Writing the actual story is the funnest part of be a writer for me, but it is not the only part of writing. Writing, is 75% writing and editing, 20% studying the market and writing a learning how to get your masterpiece in their hands, and 10% walk out and put it in the mail (or e-mail).

I sold a few poems this week. Between this week and last week I made $2,500. You know, that was worth every bit of the time it spent me to push ‘send’ on my keyboard to get those poems to the editor. It’s funny, but after I sent off a couple poems last week the editor e-mailed me back and said, “If you want to make money, and let your writing pay for you, you need to keep sending me stuff.”Not many editors will do that, but when I read it to my wife, jokingly, she said, “You have an open invite, if you can make that kind of money in a week or two, why are you not writing all the time. If I could writing like that, I’d be writing every single day.”

She is right. And I am.

I guess that this blog is really going to be about you. I want you to know that the difference between those authors who get published, and those who do not, is that they who get published did it on purpose.

If you have a passion to write, then write. If you want to make a living at it, there is no better time to do it than now. There are publications that buy anything that can be written. You like to write, you want to be published, then write and don’t stop sending those manuscripts off.

And once you’ve sent it off. If you get a rejection notice, I like to send a thank you note and ask them if they would recommend another editor to me. This is really successful.

Just get out there. You have stories or poems that someone is dying to read. Don’t keep it hidden away, get it out there, and be the writer, you were born to be.

SamtheWriter

signing off

www.samthewriter.com

National Poetry Month

Are You Poetry? Text: IAmPoetry to: 41411

Are You Poetry? Text: IAmPoetry to: 41411

April is right around the corner and being a super lover of poetry, I am promoting this year’s poetry month like crazy, especially here on Facebook because I know that several of you guys share my love for literature and the arts. I think poetry is at the top of my favorites to write. It is nice to read, has several forms (which grown daily), and can pay very well too! (Side benefit, of course)

I want to encourage you, if you are a lover of poetry, to find a way to be apart of this national day. Maybe you love to write, maybe you don’t write but you love to read it; there are great ways for everyone to be apart of it.

First of all, for all of us who love to read it, Poets.org has great resources, like “Poem in my pocket”, a-poem-a-day (which sends a poem to your e-mail or cell phone every day), and several ways to get involved.

It’s in my pocket

If you are a poet, and are looking to get some of your work published, check out Writers & Poets Online. You can create a free profile and then if you click on Writers Tools, you have instant access to an amazing literary magazine listing, where you can find one you like, click, and have all the info you need for publishing.

BLOGS –
If you are a normal blogger, one way to celebrate the month is by posting your own poems as blogs. It is a great way to exercise your writing skills,and an even better way to network with other writers, as many writers, like myself, do internet searches for poetry blogs. Also, if you have a poetry blog, drop me an e-mail with the link; I am putting together a Poetry Bloggers, network page in my poetry section of SamTheWriter.com, to make it easier for you to connect with others. I will also be featuring my favorite poet’s blog, with an interview of the poet, on my site, and writer blog to help you get connected and get a little exposure for yourself.

If that’s you, drop me a line: sam@samthewriter.com – in the subject line write ‘My Poet Blog’

SO, what am I doing for NPM?

For starters,
* This month I am submitting at least one poem a day, to a literary magazine.
* Taking time to search for fellow poets with blogs, and connecting with them.
* I am updating the ‘Poetry’ page of http://www.SamTheWriter.com, so that, by April, poets will be able to
find the Markets that suit them, much easier.

Many of you know that I have several samples of my poetry online, check them out and tell me which one is your personal favorite.

Here are a few of the poems I have had published, Check them out:

* REMEMBER ME

* THE WRITE

* SHE

* QUIET LOVE GAME

* I Must Write, I Must Dance

Feel free to check these guys out and tell me what you think.

Here is one that has not been published yet, but has one two writers awards, from ‘Love Journal, and Passion for Marriage Magazine:

It’s Called ‘Love You So Much’ and it is based off of a series of sticky notes my wife had left for me around the house. I took each note (12 in all) and wrote a responce poem to each and in my poetry collection (to be published around November) The Chronciels of a Lover, I made a short chaper for these sticky notes and responces, called ‘A Trail of Sparks’.

I Am SO In Love With You…

I am so in love with you and it happened so fast, as the words and the feelings, and all the emotions collide, like two massive planets that crash. Like the waves in the sea, breaking tides, pulling me, to the depths of the deep of our hearts like the sea

I am so in love with you and it hit so intense and hot, like stars crashing, planets ramming, earth and moon slamming into a billion pieces setting the universe into flames; an unquenchable furnace, fires flowing through space, so vast its expanse like when our hearts come into a collision-embrace

I am so in love with you and the passion’s so loud- close to insane, like the lightning-bashing violent winds of a hurricane thrashing, and broad-casting the awe and wonder of the astounding-thunder-like pounding of Love beating ferociously the drums of our hearts

I am so in love with you!

Well there’s quite a bit here, and I hope you enjoyed this little note.

If you want to keep up to date with any new writing announcements, writer’s events, any poetry readings I will be at or book signings; new writing markets, or writing and poetry news, get your cell phone and text Samthewriter, to 41411.

Later,

Sam Connelly

Check out my writer’s site
SamTheWriter.com

Or my Writer’s Blog
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Submit before You Forget!

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‘Let your story or article sit before you submit it, but only for a day or two, perhaps a week. Then polish and send it off to market’

– Quote from Getting Published, Writer’s Digest Books

I have written over 200 short stories, 300 poems, 30 songs, around 300 articles, two novels (I’m currently shopping around) and have scratched my name into four picnic tables…(what can I say, writers must write…right?) and one of my biggest setbacks is that many of those stories have waited too long to be fondled by an editor.

Procrastination is one of those great enemies of writers. We write our stories, reread them, maybe even share them with a few friends, and then have a silly little ritual of hiding them away in our my-next-intention-is-to-submit-this-puppy box or file cabinet, and the next time we see them is when we lost our car keys in that general area. Even then we don’t have time to pick it back up…we are rushing out the door, late, because of those stupid keys.

I have said many times: Writers must Write, to be called writers. This is true, but there really is no reason, especially in these days with online publications, and a ton of literary magazines and e-zines, for a writer to be starving.

There are a ton of markets who are ready to buy your amazing piece. There are editors that are looking (as you read this) for your story, poem, or article.  But for some crazy reason, and I think it is because of this peanut scare, or editors fears of fleshing pickles walking the streets, editors are not going to come to your house and ask you for that story…

But can you imagine…..

You get a knock on the door. When you open it there is a man, dressed in a suit, clothes torn, hair messed up, and smells like Fred Bull’s (the 440 pound winner of last years hot dog eating contest) armpits.

You: “Can I help you?”

Editor: “I have walked 500 miles, and then I walked 500 more, just to be the editor who walked a 1,000 miles and now sits here at your door.”  (maybe that was a song…yeah)

You: “Why?” you ask the stinky little creepy man who looks like he lost a fight with an elephant…who doesn’t ….wear deodorant? (I don’t know)

Editor: “….because I know I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be the editor who buys your story from you.” (He might even have a singing twin!)

POINT is: It never happens this way…and if it does for you, record it and put it on YouTube!

You have to submit, and submit often, if you plan on getting your work published. I have had several things published, but I can tell you that I had to get my share of rejection slips first, and to get those I had to submit.

Don’t let anything stop you from submitting your work. As you write and hang out in cafe’s coffee shops, bookstores, etc. you are going to meet many people who all claim the same thing

“Yea, I have written several stories. They’re all on files, or drawers, somewhere, I think.” Fellow writer, I urge you to make it your personal, active daily goal to never become that person.

Don’t let fear stop you

  • Fear that no one will like your story- some won’t, who cares, you didn’t write it for them; others will love it. There are publications looking for it.
  • Fear that it will get rejected? It probably will, this is not bad, I look at it as the markets way of helping narrow my search’ it gets me closer, with each rejection, to the right market.

I want to encourage you to take out that piece that has been laying around for some time now, dust it off, polish it up, and send it off.

There are many ways to do get it done. I have a list of resources on my ‘Writers Help‘ section of my web site. Or you can check out places like Poets & Writers online.

What ever you do, do it.

You, my friend are a writer!

Sam

www.samthewriter.com