Notes from An Alien

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Finishing


Today’s re-blog author does talk about submission and rejection; but, the bulk of the essay works for self-publishing authors just as well :-)

BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

By Melissa Ballard

Beginning in mid-2015, I broke a nearly-three-year run of rejections with a steadysequence of acceptances. When a writer friend helped me create a web page, I joked that I’d never again get an essay published. That was eight months ago, not that I’m counting. I have one “active” essay on Submittable, but at least six more in my files that are almost finished. Allison K. Williams’ “The Value of Getting Sh*t Done”–and common sense– tell me that one essay in my queue is not the way to change the situation. So, why can’t I finish?

I’m retired from a job in academic support at Oberlin College, where I worked with many students who had writer’s block. What advice would I have given them?

Step away from your draft

Do some free writing

Make a list or a word cloud or a sketch

Just do…

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