Xav and I are busy working on our submissions guidelines, and we should (fingers crossed, we’re both ill at the moment!) have a page up over the weekend. This is something we have been looking forward to for months now, and it’s a big step in our five-year plan (kidding, but only a little bit – we have spreadsheets). We’re keen to read your work!
I’m getting closer and closer to the beginning of term, and this last year of my master’s degree is going to be busy. So right now I’m finishing pieces, doing last-round edits… and asking for feedback. I’m getting to the point where several projects are at the same crossways: waiting to be sent to critique partners or beta readers, or be sent to the bottom of the drawer where admittedly a lot of my work would prefer to stay.
Let’s be honest, letting others read your work is terrifying. Maybe because more often than we realise, the words come from somewhere so deep inside that we think everything we’ve ever felt is right there on paper in black and white.
And maybe that’s true; maybe sometimes our feelings are staring straight back at us (and others) from the page. Maybe sometimes that’s vital for our art. That vulnerability (putting yourself out there and saying ‘here, this is basically my entire soul put in words, do with it what you will, it’s fine, I’m fine’) is one of the biggest strengths we can bring to the table as writers, artists, creators.
One of the scariest, loveliest things about art is sharing the part of you that creates without fear. So wish me luck sending my words out into the world, and please – send out your words too.