“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.”
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 🙂