I saw a call for submission for a children’s magazine the other day. I read through their theme list and immediately thought of a story I could submit. I started to prepare the submission cover letter, excited, because young children’s magazine markets have been dwindling over the years.
I opened up my story to check it over before I submitted it. As I was reading through I changed this and that and about two pages in, I stopped.
WHAT CRAP IS THIS!?!?!?! I thought.
My story was horrible! It had good structure and a strong idea, but overall it needed a lot more work that a few edits would cover!
Thank goodness I know when my work sucks, and for knowing I can fix it and make it better. I have learned this through writing, reading and the other facets of a writer’s life. Taking time to absorb things outside of your story can help more than we might realize.