Earlier this year, my school’s writing club was lucky enough to be visited by the Davidson poet Allison Elrod (http://www.charlottewritersclub.org/allison_elrod). Her savviest piece of advice? That writers set their writing free in the world—to literary journals, contests, publishers. People outside of your orbit. People who know what they’re doing.
“It’s a slow process,” she said. “But eventually those impersonal thanks but no thanks will evolve into personalized rejections—“Dear Mrs. Elrod, Thanks but no thanks—into maybe not these, but how about some others? Until one day your work is accepted somewhere. Anywhere.”
“And that,” she added, “is a good feeling.
It’s interesting advice, especially to young writers. Read the rest of this entry »