Summer is the Perfect Time to WriteWritten by Nicole Criona
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Everyone reevaluates goals at beginning of year. Remember those 2005 writing goals? Whether you wrote down your goals or simply let them gestate inside your memory, they are there. How close have you come to realizing those goals? Are you half way there? If not, do not loose hope; do not beat yourself up with guilt! The cycle of nature is here to rescue you! I invite you now, at tail end of spring, time to plant seeds, to revisit your 2005 writing goals. What have you accomplished and stayed with? What haven't you done? Recommit yourself during this summertime, this time for growth and maintenance. Start turning those goals into reality. How will you grow and maintain your craft this summer? What rewards do you want to reap in autumn?
Nicole Criona is co-owner and creator of http://www.lawritersgroup.com, a worldwide online writers group open to writers of all levels, which mirrors her Los Angeles writers group. Nicole can be contacted at email@example.com.
The Editor Rejected MeWritten by Raelene Hall
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What’s more it wasn’t even ‘thrown back’ in pristine state that I’d sent it in. It had coffee stains on it, corners were dog-eared and they’d charged me for return postage. The next editor who receives it will think I don’t care about state of my writing, which will force me to write a note explaining that last person who ‘threw it back’ didn’t even have courtesy to take care of it. In this age of political correctness I think there should be another term for ‘rejection’. Knowing that my work is being ‘thrown back at me’ is detrimental to both my physical and mental health and could leave me with permanent psychological traumas. We must find less offensive and hurtful terms/expressions to use. Here are a few of my suggestions. I would welcome addition of yours. ‘We are gently floating your manuscript back to you on a cloud of hope and inspiration.’ ‘Your writing has been passed over at this time.’ ‘We feel impelled to return your work to you at this point in time.’ ‘It would be imprudent of us to publish this masterpiece.’ ‘Due to our editorial team being irresolute about your work we are returning it to you.’ I would much rather receive a gentle, caring message like those above. By time I had read it enough times to realise it was another rejection my heart rate would have hopefully slowed a little and my blood pressure dropped, thus reducing impact this ‘throw back’ will have on my well being.
Raelene Hall is lives in Outback Western Australia. She has written non-fiction articles for magazines, newspapers and the Net on a variety of topics, including education, Outback life, communications, nature, spirituality, families, technology, and the environment. Raelene is a regular columnist for a regional newspaper. Contact Raelene at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her website at www.outbackwriter.com