So I spent a good chunk of this week working on submissions for the Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker's Soul call. I have two stories completed, and would like to churn out maaaaaybe one more, and maybe some tips.
Get this -- Just today I saw a post at 2Ps by one of the co-authors
asking for more entries! Entry deadline is April 1st. You can submit via the Chicken Soup website, or via ScrapSubmit. I'm submitting via ScrapSubmit, personally, in case you're wondering.
I'm really hoping both of these pieces get selected -- perhaps that's obvious, but I'm hopeful. I obviously have the experience as a writer, and really wrote both these pieces from the heart. They include text I wasn't able to include in my books, but seems perfect for the Soup venue. I'm nervous, too, sending them, since they are so personal, moreso than even layouts for me, because it's just the writing, just my thoughts. I often hear of scrappers feeling rejected if their submissions aren't selected for magazines, but don't feel that same rejection myself -- with layouts. This rejection, I expect, might be harder to take. Sigh. Guess I just won't be rejected then! ;) Those pieces SING, and I know that, so it's all good. Plus, I can always print them out and slap them on a layout, right?
In any case, it felt soooo good to sit down and write this week -- just write. For the past three years, all my writing has been for my books, promotional CDs, and the occasional article. This was creative nonfiction, with plenty of juicy descriptions, and it felt so GOOD! It's like personal journal writing, only honed for an audience. God, I love being a writer. It's easy to forget, or to miss those feelings, when you're working on assignment, or on a deadline. I'm finding, too, that writing this blog gets at those "writer-ly" feelings, because it's so much about finding the right words to express myself.
Anyone else submitting for the Soup call?