How Do You Define Yourself As A Writer

I have been missing you and I hope you have been missing my blog posts. Today, I am going to suggest that you do some big picture thinking.

April Assignment

Let’s set goals and define our writing selves. Are you a ‘writer’ or a person who writes for a hobby or for the love of writing? Neither makes you a more valuable person,  both are wonderful.

Your goal may be to see your writing in print or even get paid for it. Either way is fine but it helps to know. My old boss and mentor, Micki Bartges, was fond of saying, “If you don’t know where you are going, how are you going to get there?”

Writing professionally is a craft and it takes learning and preparation; in our Story Circle you participate in a writer’s group and have written many good pieces, some very publishable.

Take some time to think about and write down your goals for writing, both short and long term. Remember, goals must be clear, specific, and measurable. Then, write a new piece or find one you feel is your best work.

Here are three steps to take this month to begin on your road to being seen in print:

  1. Do a Google search on publications that are accepting submissions, in a genre that fits, for example, if your story is about a pet you need a pet-friendly publication. If it is about gardening then follow that thread. Doing this exercise you will learn a lot. Remember, there are also digital publications looking for writing. It will be great if you bring your lists for sharing!
  1. Download and follow their submission guidelines – to the letter!
  1. Bring your piece, 600 words or less, ready to submit and we will help each other edit, or polish it if needed.

If you don’t physically attend our monthly group you may want to start your own, or pair with a writer friend to work together on #3.

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I received this from a writer friend, Warren Firschein, you may want to try this one.

I am the managing editor of Odet, a local literary journal that recently marked the release of its first edition. We’re thrilled with the final product, and are now actively soliciting submissions for our second volume to be published in the first quarter of 2018. We are seeking stories, poetry, essays, and memoirs for possible inclusion, and especially want to invite members of FWA (Florida Writers Association) and The Safety Harbor Story Circle group to submit some of their work for consideration.

The theme for this edition is “Discovery.” There is no entry fee and accepted written works will automatically be considered for a simultaneous contest facilitated by Safety Harbor Writers & Poets with a cash prize for first and second place winners in both prose and poetry, as well as a separate prize for art or photography chosen as a cover image.

The submission deadline is July 15, and participation is limited to Florida residents only. Complete submission guidelines are on our site,

Happy Writing. Jan

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  1. Jimmy Pickett

    Dear Jan I have missed you How are you. It is so good to hear from you. I continue to write a daily blog and to give some thought re my writing goals. I am amazed by the number of people who read apparently find the blog helpful and/or thought provoking. I really miss meeting wit you , Shiela and others although I remain convinced tat this was a good move for me. blessings Jim

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