Hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these – it’s just like riding a bike, I hope. Seriously though, I haven’t ridden a bike in – when was John Howard Prime Minister?
To the topic at hand – don’t throw anything away. By that I don’t mean keep all your nail clippings in a jar, no I’m talking about your writing. Have you ever written something, thought it was terrible and thrown it in the trash? I too have done this, and regretted it. Gasp! I know you thought I was a sentient creature too advanced to fall into human traps, but alas, I’m just as miserably uncoordinated as the next person. No matter how much I tell myself I could boogie with the greats, I’m more akin to The Boogie Monster than Ginger Rogers.
I digress. All writers create works that are, let’s be honest, woefully poor in every possible way. But that doesn’t mean we should feed said garbage to the garbage disposal unit. Rather keep it stored it away, ready to be dug out and mined for the teeniest morsel of literary goodness. You never know when you’ll need, if only for a laugh.
Also, what you think is bad might not be. Writers are often too hard on themselves (raises hand – ooh that’s me). So, send your best, crummy work to wonderful editors who will delight in journeying through your literary world. So what if you receive a rejection? Here’s a secret: We all receive rejections – loads of them. And you know what, that’s okay.
A Word Hoarder
P.S. Please dispose of your nail clippings – keeping them in a jar is ewwy! Also, here are some awesome places to send your work to: