Over the course of my career as a writer, I have realized two certainties about submitting my work to other sites. The first certainty is rejection. If you submit enough, rejections are just part of the game. Fortunately, because rejection is an oft-discussed topic for writers, I was prepared for it. That doesn’t mean the rejections are easy, just that I knew that they would happen and had countless places to turn for support and advice on how to deal with rejection. It is the second certainty of professional writing, however, that caught me completely off-guard: Post-Pitch Panic. Whether … Read More
Christine Organ is the author of Open Boxes: The Gifts of Living a Full and Connected Life, which is a collection of essays that celebrate the fullness of life. Her work has been published on The New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, BonBon Break, and Mamalode. When she isn’t chasing around her two boys or scolding her two ill-behaved dogs, she writes at www.christineorgan.com.
“Some people have a thick skin and you don’t. Your heart is really open and that is going to cause pain, but that is an appropriate response to this world.” — Anne Lamott If there is one piece of advice that I have heard more than any others, it is this: Develop a thick skin. I’ve heard it from family members, friends, fellow writers, and editors. A thick skin, it seems, is the quintessential job requirement for a writer, especially those of us who write creative nonfiction. With each personal essay, we aren’t just opening our writing abilities up to … Read More