I’ve learned over the years to celebrate every milestone reached when working towards your goals, no matter how small. Even if that milestone is the size of a grain of sand.
And so today I am celebrating my very first submission! I submitted a Flash Fiction piece I wrote for Brevity Magazine. While I am really happy with the piece I wrote, and would be elated if chosen for their next issue, I know based on following other more accomplished writers that the odds are not in my favor. Especially not on a first submission.
I’ve also learned from following other writers that I should submit that story to a hundred other magazines, but at the moment, I just want to relish the taste of not only completing a piece I am happy with, but having the courage to submit it. Submit it for reading, critiquing, and perhaps even denial from someone other than family.
I’m aiming to put it out of my mind for a while now, and not obsess over my submission status. Now that I have written about submitting and sharing my small but oh-so-grand success, I’ll just let fate take over the outcome. If I am denied, I can edit, learn from my mistakes, and get better. If my piece is published, I can float on the feeling of validation and brag to anyone who will listen.
Until then – write on!