CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

June 25, 2010

Myths Writers Believe

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

MYTHS WRITERS BELIEVE

     Writers apply many “myths” to their field of work. Below are my personal responses to a few of them.

  • THE RULES DON’T APPLY TO ME*

      I’ve have writers who emphatically state that they don’t have to follow the rules: their writing is “so good” that the editors will bypass these rules and publish the piece. They don’t write in the publication’s style. They don’t submit their work according to guidelines. And they don’t understand that these behaviors lead their submission right into a circular file.

  • I SHOULD SPEND A LOT OF TIME FANTASIZING OVER WHERE I WILL BE PUBLISHED NOW THAT I’VE WRITTEN TWO CHAPTERS OF MY NOVEL*

     People frequently ask me where and how I’m going to publish my novel.

     I don’t know. I don’t even know when the novel will be finished—it’s not being written as quickly as I hoped it would be.

     I could spend my time perusing publishers, agents, and self-publishing sites. However, to me this is a (more…)

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