There is hope for aspiring writers. There are publications out there that want to pay you for your work. The trick is to be ready when an opportunity presents itself.
Hello, my brother and sister writers. I was an aspiring writer many years ago. I was an aspiring writer for years before I got published and paid for my work. What took me so long? I wasn’t ready. I hadn’t found my genre (flash fiction). I stubbornly kept trying to break into the wrong markets; and to be brutally honest, I wasn’t a good writer. But I didn’t give up hope.
At the time I didn’t know I wasn’t a good writer; but looking back on those years of frustration I can see now that I had a long way to go before I became a good writer.
I did have talent (having talent and being a good writer are two different things); but what finally got me published and paid was my perseverance. I kept at it until I did become a good writer. And I didn’t lose hope.
I obsessively read and studied my favorite authors. I took out every book in the library about how to write short stories that I could lay my hands on. I kept searching the markets for publications that might be interested in my work. And I kept sending out my snail-mail submissions.
One day, I picked up the latest copy of the local news print weekly (it had a weekly circulation of over 50,000) that I was trying to break into, to study the publication. And as I walked down the street scanning the weekly, I was stunned to see in the table of contents my name listed under the title of the story I had submitted several weeks before.
That’s how I found out that I was a published, paid writer.
Did you take note of all the things I had to do to be ready when opportunity did knock? Your journey to publication may be easier. I hope so; but make sure you’re ready and don’t give up hope.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.