Today I begin documenting my journey to publication. That's not to say I’m not a little nervous about opening my writer’s closet to allow the world to peek inside, but every story needs a little tension, right? I’m packed and ready to hit the road—the proverbial writer’s highway—to destinations (and expectations) unknown. Come along with me. I’d love the company. Perhaps you can encourage me along the way? Be forewarned, the path will be bumpy, uphill, and we'll surely run into a few road blocks; but being a country girl, I know the side roads display unbeatable scenery.
Remember the song Put One Foot in Front of the Other from the animated Christmas classic Santa Claus is Coming to Town? Well, that’s what we’ll do. Let’s begin. Left. Right. Left.
Yikes! I’ve barely stepped out of the door, and I’ve already gotten my feet wet. Since I have to stop to pull on my galoshes anyway, I might as well open my laptop and send off a few submissions. (I tried to make that sound nonchalant, but a few hornets just replaced the butterflies in my stomach.) I peruse through my writing file and find several of my short stories, essays, memoirs, and poems. I also have three novels in my WIP file (works in progress). Hmm. I've decided to send a poem and a short story for now. Reaching for the send button… reaching… reaching… Done. (Eeek!) Now I'll try my best to disregard the hornet’s nest I’ve stirred inside. After all, I need to watch the road for more puddles.
Well, I've broken new ground. I’ve submitted. Mmm… I feel like a true pioneer!
~A Writer’s Hart