A family member suggested yesterday that I should submit a short story to Reader’s Digest. My natural inclination was to say that I am not good enough or that my credentials do not even compare to the competition for such a magazine. Do not mistake me. I know I am a great writer, but my brilliancy is nothing to the excellent talents one sees gracing the pages of Reader’s Digest! And that thought is exactly what was keeping me from saying yes to such a suggestion.
Then I considered all the self-help books I read on becoming a published writer. Every book I have read and every established author I ever talked to always said that a beginning writer, or any writer for that matter, must put themselves out there. Rejection is a common thing in the publishing industry. Embrace this sorry truth because the more rejections one receives, the more one understands what is their strengths and weaknesses.
The only way to become published is to submit, submit, submit. And afterwards comes reject, reject, reject. But somewhere amongst all these rejections and submissions could be a publication. Perhaps the Reader’s Digest will be my publication amongst all these rejections. And with that in mind, I will read an issue of the magazine, figure out what the target audience is, write a short story, and send it.
As for all those other self-doubters out there, listen to those suggestions from family, friends, fellow writers, editors, and whoever else knows about your dreams. Your dream does not necessarily need to be about writing. It could be becoming an athlete, a singer, a dancer, or an actor. Your dream does not need to be so glamorous. It could be becoming a police officer, a school teacher, a zookeeper, or a nurse. Whatever your dream is, chase it. Forget about the doubt and worries. Toss those obstacles aside and embrace your dreams.