As a writer, I begin every writing project with a plan. Sometimes I have a written structure and other times my plan is in my head. Yet, as soon as I begin typing, I find myself going in a different direction than I had planned. I cannot say if that is good or bad. But I have learned to be open to change because it is part of life and writing shouldn’t be any different.
For the record, it took me 9 days and 11 hours to finally come up with the title for this story. …
This is one of those moments when all I sense is gratitude.
Gratitude for the ability to breathe in and out. It may seem trivial, but it’s a big deal.
I recall a short while ago when I couldn’t breathe through my nose. I couldn’t taste, smell, and couldn’t hear so well — it lasted almost two years.
I couldn’t cook and walk away from the kitchen. The alarm could go off, and I wouldn’t know.
I couldn’t doze off in public without causing a stare.
Sleeping at night was scary because I wasn’t sure I’d wake up the next…
A few days ago, I published Rejection Is One of the Best Things That Can Ever Happen to a Writer. The response I got, made me aware of a common perception about editors of publications on Medium.
Apart from that, I’ve seen complaints on social media as well. Complaints by writers about receiving a rejection notice without feedback from the editor.
There are writers who expect feedback from editors along with a rejection notice. That way, the writer would know how to make their work better.
Yet, other writers are more interested in knowing the fate of their submission. They…
I started writing on Medium in November of 2019. I was a novice.
Before then, all I had were journal entries, letters, a few poems, and a handbook I wrote for students. Nothing I considered significant.
For me coming on Medium was like joining a league of professionals. I was so excited. It was a whole new world. I had so much to learn and was eager to learn everything.
But less than a month into it, and a few posts down the line, frustration set in.
Before I got frustrated, I learned how to structure my writing to engage…
Hey Grace! Nice title, but this isn’t the best fit, thanks!
I received this a few days ago from a publication I submitted a post to. It was a very polite way of saying NO!
No can be harsh. It can be demoralizing when you are not prepared for it.
I waited for 72hrs, expecting an acceptance with a few adjustments here and there. Instead, all I got was this very polite rejection.
A lot of times when we claim to keep an open mind, deep down, we’re expecting positive feedback.
I don’t know about you, but the word rejection…
I thought about using the word creator instead of writer in my headline. But for clarity, I decided to stick with writer.
A creator is someone that brings something into existence. Someone that converts intangible things into tangible and relatable things.
Thus, every writer is a creator.
Everything that exists, was first intangible before it became tangible. The potential in everyone is intangible. But it takes time, discipline, and a whole lot of determination to make it become tangible.
The job of a writer like any other creator is seldom easy, yet it is rewarding.
Everyone thinks but not all…