Thursday, 15 May 2014

When Life Gets in the Way

Whether you write full-time or part-time, for pleasure or for business there will come times during your writing career that life will most definitely get in the way. It's not always possible to work your writing around your life or your life around your writing. This can be frustrating, especially when deadlines are looming and you have to reschedule interviews or appointments.

It's all too easy to panic and rush to try and get everything done where you run the risk of producing writing that is not up to your usual standard, forget about something important in your writing or home life, and end up getting very little done at all.

Things happen in our lives which we are not in control of and getting anxious about the things you think you should be doing doesn't help. If we can let things run their course, take time out to sort things out, leave the writing for a while until we are back on an even keel. We will feel better, our writing won't have suffered and might well actually be better for it.

When the dust settles ...  You can always get an article or six, or maybe even a non-fiction book out of your life getting in the way!
Happy writing

Julie x

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Taking it Seriously

Do you take your writing seriously? Or, more to the point, do you take yourself as a writer seriously? It's all very well writing every now and then or going about it half hearted and then being disappointed with your writing output and wondering why all you've got to show for your minimal efforts is a pile of rejections.

To be a successful writer you have to keep at it, writing regularly and writing well. In the magazine world unless you are pitching regularly, the likelihood of you being published is reduced. And once you have been published by a magazine don't let go! Keep reading that magazine and keep pitching. If they have used your work before, they may be more inclined to use your work again. But if you leave it a long time between pitches, they may well forget you - so keep going.

The keep going approach is useful when you keep having your pitches rejected or no reply at all. By pitching regularly to the same magazine you are showing that commissioning editor that you are not just a one pitch pony. They might not have commissioned an article from you previously but that doesn't mean with a little tweaking and persistence that they won't ever.

So for the month of May I'd like you to take yourself and your writing seriously, act and work like the professional writer you are and keep going.

Happy pitching

Julie