There are so many good stories out there that never see more than a glimmer of light. The sheer magnitude of the written word could probably cover the earth’s surface a couple of times over. A story that’s culled from the herd of millions is a sort of miracle.
It takes courage to submit a story, long or short, for review. The 99% possibility it will be turned down can either make you crumble or toughen your skin.
I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil. I never really thought about sharing anything I’d written. It was, after all, just me writing fiction and having fun doing it. My stories were like a private library I shared with only a few people.
It all changed in 2001 when I stumbled upon a celebrity’s website asking for short story submissions. His reasons were altruistic; he liked to read good, quirky stories and wanted to share them with the world.
What? Someone besides concerned family members wanted to read the strange tales I’d written? Do I dare send a perfect stranger one of my babies? I took the plunge and submitted my first one; it was accepted and published online.
Subsequent stories and poetry followed over the course of the next two years (yes, I write poems at times. And music, scripts, bills, sermons, excuses, screenplays – heck, I’ve written in just about every form out there). It was exciting to see my name online and read the encouraging comments others made about my writing.
I joined a group of writers from around the world who kept Rutger Hauer’s short story section alive. It was a fun, exciting time to pen a tale and watch it walk onto an online world stage. I never thought I’d see my work in the public arena. I was hooked.
We were sad when that part of the website was retired. For a lot of us, this was the only outlet to publicly display our works. When this section was no longer online, it was the kick to begin my public writing career.
There are so many stories in the writing world that deserve to be heard. When you’re picked from the multitude and your story is published, it’s one of the greatest rushes in the world.
Current enthusiasm is sharpening intangible knives and co-authoring at Rubicon Ranch