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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Markets, Commentary

That Mystery Door
Maine Tales of Fantasy & Speculation Anthology
Deadline: June 16, 2007
Pays: .03 - .05 per word

Tony Hillerman Mystery Prize
Entry Fee: None
Unpublished manuscripts of book-length accepted (minimum 60,000 words) in English.Must contain murder or another serious crime.
Deadline: July 1, 2007.


Do you trust your writing?

On Forward Motion, an experienced author asked the question: Do we trust our writing?

A lot depends on our confidence as a writer and our experience in disseminating feedback. Passion about the story is also important but it’s not enough. Nearly every writer I know is passionate about his story. He has to be or why would he write it. But this is where those rose-colored glasses are hard to take off. Passion has a way of blinding us to the truth.

It’s like a new love. We never see the warts and bad habits in people when we first fall in love. In our eyes, they’re perfect. It’s only after we’ve lived with them for a while (and compare them to others) that we see reality.

Unlike love, where eventually we accept or forgive weakness in those we love, we cannot allow ourselves to forgive our manuscripts’ flaws. Be passionate about your story, but in order to trust your writing you must also be dispassionate about its editing.

I do trust my writing, but I trust my reading more.