Dilemma

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“Continuous effort – not strength and intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Winston Churchill

I have finally finished my first complete short story. It’s quite an accomplishment for this novice writer who struggles with the insecurities of writing in a second language and all the ghosts that accompany that “handicap.”

I have started a lot of stories, but couldn’t come up with a memorable ending and punch line, so I’ve dropped them one by one. Every day I’d come up with another intoxicating idea, pursue it for a day or two and then trip on a tricky verb or verbal expression I still have a hard time nailing down and abandon it in the “draft drawer.”

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Now I’ve run into a different dilemma.

I intend to submit it to a literary magazine eventually, but a lot of them won’t accept pieces that are “previously published.” If I post it on my blog in order to receive some feedback, I won’t be able to submit it afterwards apparently.

What should I do? Post it here and get feedback and, therefore, improving it?

Or taking a chance and submitting it first?

Any input from fellow writers – struggling with the same dilemmas, or experts – is greatly appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

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