Year End Essays

18 of those were rejected, two are still pending response, and 2 were accepted.

Again, I could look at this 18/2 ratio and determine that I'm a hack who should just stop embarrassing himself by sending out terrible fiction that nobody wants, save for two magazines who were probably just taking pity on me.

Because obviously, those 22 submissions weren't 22 individual works. Are there any craft-related titles on the list, like Stephen King's ?

I have WAY more than that just languishing in my Dropbox. If you didn't read very much throughout the year, if you stuck to your comfort zones, and if you didn't read any books about writing, perhaps 2015 is the year you change up your reading habits.

I already know I have a problem with leaving old stories behind when a new piece gets my attention, but seeing it spelled out in black and white was an eye-opener for me.

I know that if I want to publish more in 2015 (and I most certainly do), then I need to keep up with those older stories too, and continue sending them out. Did you mainly stay within your preferred genres, or did you branch out?I've been down that path before, and I think it goes without saying it's a bad one.You will have regrets about 2014 as surely as you will have regrets about every single year of your life.But I don't see it that way, primarily because we're not just talking about numbers here.I looked closer and considered each rejection—was the story in question really ready when I submitted it, was this the right market for the story, how many more times did I send the story to other publications before giving up on it and focusing on newer work?It's 2015, and you have all these goals, these plans for the future—writerly goals centered around getting published, one way or another, finishing your first novel, diversifying your reading beyond your genre comfort zones, etc. But what about the past, and in a roundabout way, the present?What events, goals and accomplishments have gotten you to this point? How can the roads you've traveled better equip you for the roads ahead?If you're like me and journal a TON, just flip back to the last entry you made in 2013. If you find many of your writerly aspirations didn't come to fruition, what can you do to make them happen in 2015?"Looking back" doesn't get more literal than this, and it's a great way to map out just how much you've changed—for better or worse—over the course of twelve months, and how you can further develop yourself both as a writer and a person in the year to come.And of course, if you have successes to celebrate, celebrate them like there's no tomorrow. In addition to Lit Reactor, he has also written for Ranker.com, Cultured Vultures and At times, he dabbles in digital art and photography.

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