It’s not necessarily the work provided that ends a writing relationship, but it could be. Sometimes, the editor moves on, and the next editor wants to do something different without you. Not to be taken as a reflection on the writing, necessarily.
Ideas are written down, somewhere, somehow. The first idea I wrote down was pretty imaginative and ideasy, but I wouldn’t say the idea was ‘mature’. It had to grow somehow or be used in the appropriate way, be that I could make it in something good with the appropriate traditional publisher or if a script the right producer, or go the self-publishing route and all that entails for the author, or hit the delete button, if all else fails. But sometimes ideas just sit there and flounder and do nothing. This is good because they are left to grow as the writer grows as a writer and an author.Continue reading “The maturing of ideas”
Spontaneity in some areas of writing may be misleading, to the editor and the reader. That’s because spontaneity is a one-off, yet the rest of the time, one’s been doing the run of the mill.Continue reading “Spontaneity”
I thought I had a good if not great idea for a devotion based on my personal experience, but on writing it, I have second thoughts. Midway through, it doesn’t sound like the kind of thing they would publish. The publisher I had been thinking of sending it to, probably wouldn’t take it. The tone, the subject wasn’t right. But as always, it could be of use somewhere else. Another thought I had was to entirely transform the devotion with a new beginning and add the stuff I have been writing at the end. This may work, I thought. And it may be at least worthy of a submission to this particular publisher. Onward!
Why would an editor not edit a piece that is going to be published?Continue reading “Why do editors not edit things?”
Finally getting on to some “market research” on a publisher. It’s called market research, the first thing I was taught at the Writing School before doing any actual writing. They told me, or my tutor told me, “know the market” before venturing out.Continue reading “Finally”
One of the editor’s jobs is to make sure a magazine or publication goes smoothly. I note this because not every paragraph and word of mine got published in their entirety in one newspaper.Continue reading “Smooth”
A few articles that I wrote for a particular publication a while ago weren’t given a by-line. In case one doesn’t know, the by-line is the line on the published article that says who wrote the article.Continue reading “When a by-line isn’t given”
I had this vivid dream which inspired me to write a devotion and as I was writing the devotion I thought that it sounded just the ticket. It was one that flowed from the heart. But publisher’s requirements meant that it was rejected at stage one of the process. Since it was from the heart, I should never darken the publisher’s halls again and say “stuff it”. But in the end, I will try and tailor a devotion towards that specific publisher. It worked before, it can work again. But perhaps not so much from the heart, or at least the heart-part is simmering underneath, rather than all over the devotion, to suit the publisher’s requirements of course. One gets over it quickly, though.
Consider things that may work better if the big picture doesn’t seem to work, things that may work better. As a rule of thumb, the micro may be better than the macro.Continue reading “If some things don’t work that well”
The good news I’ve been alluding to is actually good news that came my way. I hadn’t heard from this publisher for a while after writing something for them in October. I was concerned I wouldn’t be given another contract. But here they were, this weekend, asking me and other writers for that matter if we could write for them. This is an uplift.
Editors are there to present your work, but I wasn’t expecting life lessons as well!
Writing one’s own stories may be best left with a free online platform like WordPress, because I wonder if the traditional publishers will ever take our own stories on board?
I don’t know how many times I’ve come across the statement “competition is fierce” in writers guidelines. But it’s really true. If one goes the traditional road to getting published and not the self-publishing route, the competition to get one’s work out there, published in other words, is extremely fierce.
If freelancers do not have the precise knowledge of a genre of writing, how would freelancers get their work published in that genre?
Certain film directors have done “director’s cuts” of their films, which is a longer version of the film originally released, with scenes the director has shot before but adds to the version first released. It may turn out like another version, without substantially altering the story-line.
Rejection seldom takes a writer well, but taking it on the chin can be enlightening.
Motivation can be an issue for a writer if not on assignment. I mean, although it’s possible for a writer not on assignment to be extremely motivated, it’s also possible that a writer not on assignment is unmotivated to produce their own material without much external pressure.
In my experience of writing articles and reviews for different publications, I didn’t follow a job description and I did my writing in a time frame that suited me. I wasn’t a career writer.
One of the pressures of being on “assignment” is getting the job done on time. It requires a little foresight and maybe planning. If one is very busy it takes astute time management around other activities, work and social life. If one has the time, being on assignment should be a breeze, but then again who has that kind of time these days? For most, writing on assignment requires time management to get the job done.