I constantly review my writing resume. This morning, while reviewing it for the thousandth time, I thought “Am I obsessed?” The answer is yes! I am an obsessed writer. Naturally, the unpublished pieces list outnumbers the published pieces list, but I still keep track of everything I write and everything I submit for publication.
Do other writers do this? I don’t know. Yet, I find it an excellent way to view my progress and success if you want to call it that. Then I think, “What is success?” This can be measured in so many forms and it subjective to each of us. Yet, when I view my published list it solidifies my efforts, boosts my confidence, and reinforces the fact that I am a writer! Those are my successes.
The unpublished list actually has a positive effect as well. It gives me motivation to submit pieces that were passed up by one publication with the hope of another publication running them. I do this quite often. Call it resubmitting, call it not taking “No” for an answer, or call it stubbornness. I call it diligence! Along with persistence, determination, perseverance, and a hundred other adjectives I can use to describe myself, diligence is at the top of my list. Do you know how many times James Lee Burke was rejected? I actually read somewhere that Stephen King has a pile of rejection letters too!
Am I saying I’m the next best-selling author? Of course not! I am saying that a rejection letter isn’t personal. The publication business is just that – a business! While my piece may not work for one, it may be a perfect fit for another. How will I know unless I submit?
Like I said earlier, I keep track of everything I write and everything I have published. So, just for the record, this blog piece represents the 70th piece of prose I have written. “What is prose?” you ask. Prose is anything that is not poetry.
If you don’t have a writing resume, let me encourage you to start one. Keep track of it all. Although your list may never impress anyone else, pretty soon it will impress you! After all, that is the only thing that really matters.