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Writing Wins and Woes: What kind of writer are you?

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Am I a story writer or am I a poet? Do I write children’s picture books or middle grade fiction? Do I write Christian fiction or fantasy? Do I write allegorical or straight forward? I don’t know, because when you’re a writer, you write. When an idea comes to me, I just write it. I love children’s stories, but I like to write for adults, too. I am a Christian writer, so I write Christian fiction. I hate being put in a box, but I’m told if you don’t specify it could take much longer to become a writer who sells. People like to read certain genres. Some people like fantasy; other enjoy literary; still more like YA.

What to do? I’ve always followed the advice of writing from the heart. My passion is to write. The more I focus on the selling aspect of it, the more it becomes just a job. I hate jobs. They suck up my time, my energy and they don’t give me satisfaction. But jobs do make money and money is needed to live.

I don’t care what kind of writer I am. I’m not going to focus on that. I’m just going to write.

For those who don’t know I am also a poet, here is a link to two of my poems just published at Page and Spine. Poetry was actually how I started out in my writing to be published career. When I found it hard to publish poetry I moved on to stories. Hope you like these:


By the way, these paintings I included were done by my lovely daughter proving that artistry runs in the family.

Writing Wins and Woes: A Writer’s Blog

Writing Wins and Woes: A Writer's Blog

Since this is the last week for my contest Paint Splashes, I thought I’d post the painting again to inspire those who still plan to submit. Deadline is Tuesday, March 25th so get your entries in to paintsplashes@comcast.net. If you don’t get a reply in a day or two, please resubmit. I will send a reply to let you know I got your entry. Winners will be chosen by the end of the month. Can’t wait to see the stories. Remember they must be flash fiction, a thousand words or less.

Now for the good news. After a six rejection slump, I had two poems accepted at Page and Spine. I’m very excited. I’ve only had one poem published in the past. Of course, this does demonstrate that I’m still a little confused as to the kind of writing I do. Sometimes I write children’s stories for christian mags. Sometimes I write children’s fiction for regular ezines and mags. Sometimes I write speculative fiction for adults and sometimes I write literary fiction. And now, of course, poetry. Actually, I began my writing three years ago writing poetry, but veered off from it because I thought publishing poetry was tons harder to do than publishing fiction. I still think that’s true. What do you guys think? Do you ever write poetry? Have you ever tried publishing any?
Well, I am very excited because I am going to a retreat this weekend. No, not a writing retreat. A ladies retreat with a friend from work. I’ve never done this before so it’ll be nice having some girl time apart from the demands of home and family. I hope to come back rejuvenated in my writing and otherwise.
I received two more rejections this week. That made it six as I said in two weeks; one from metro fiction and I don’t remember the other one of the six. All the rejections become a blur.
Thought for the Day: Get a little me time to recharge your batteries. I’m so predictable aren’t I?

Writing Wins and Woes: A Writer’s Blog

Writing Wins and Woes: A Writer's Blog

A writer’s life consists of mountain tops and valleys. Sometimes you have a mountain top experience and the same day you have a valley. I often don’t want to look into my inbox. It’s one of those things where I am anticipating and dreading at the same time.

Since I forgot to list my submissions and acceptances/rejections last week and this is the last day of the month I thought I’d do a stat day. So here it is:

Shari’s Stats: January

Submissions: 12
Acceptances: 3
Outright Rejections: 7
Rejections asking for revisions: 2

Although that rejection number is high, I am encouraged because I had three acceptances this month and two were for a print magazine, Guide, that netted me $170. Yay!

Update: I mentioned previously about Knowonder! and my plans to start working toward a book of short stories. Out of the five stories I submitted one was accepted, 2 were rejected outright and two asked me to work on them and resubmit. Since I already have three published stories with knowonder, and now an accepted fourth, I am well on my way to the five stories required to start working toward my collection of short stories. Keep your fingers crossed and I’ll keep you updated.

My other rejections were from Daily Science Fiction. (I keep trying.) Spellbound (again I keep trying) Page and Spine and T. Gene Davis speculative Blog.

As usual, I want to encourage writers out there to submit to my flash fiction contest, Paint Splashes. The winner will receive $10 paypal money and runner-up will receive $5 paypal. See the link for more details.


Thought for the Day: Since my blog earlier this week was on writing resources. I thought I’d plug one of my favorite. The Submission Grinder. If you click on recently added, you’ll find new markets all the time to submit to. You can also keep track of your own submissions, all for the low, low cost of zero dollars. Thank you, Submission Grinder, for all you do. The link is on my sidebar for that.