Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Don't Ever Throw Away Your Writing

I've said it before, and I'll say it again--Don't ever throw away your writing, whether it's a full draft or something you just started or something you completed and nobody wanted. You never know when you'll be able to do something new with it. Throw away all your other stuff, but not your writing.

Remember last Friday when I announced I'd had two rejections the same day? Well, it's five days later, and Ellemeno, a new, for me, publication on the Medium platform, has published Their Times and Ours. This is a memoirish piece, not humor. 

Ellemeno is interested in articles that are about writers, not about writing craft. I like that, because absolutely everyone, whether knowledgeable about the subject or not, writes about craft. Whereas what goes on in writers' lives has the potential to be...well, not another rant about whether or not writers should write what they know, at least.

This Writer's Life With Their Times and Ours

According to my excellent filing/submission system:
  • I submitted an earlier version of Their Times and Ours to someone in 2015, about a half a year after I visited The Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. (I love traveling in the Midwest.) At that point, it only dealt with James Thurber...and me. 
  • A year later, it was still about James Thurber and me when I submitted it somewhere again.
  • Between 2016 and 2019, I took a nature writing workshop and met the man I describe in the essay, which is how Charles Dickens came into the picture. (I feel it goes without saying that the man was not Charles Dickens.) I added the workshop guy and Dickens to broaden the essay. 
  • Between 2019 and 2023, the pandemic came to visit, and I added a sentence about that, both to bring the essay up to date and to deal with the issue of change, which has a big part in the essay.

Two Reasons To Hold On To Your Writing

Two things happened with Their Times and Ours over the years:
  • I kept finding and adding new material
  • I found new places to submit it

Of course, I must also add that being able to rework old projects and hunt for new markets for them involves...time. Yes, a totally different subject.

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