I ended up sending my first article, the first person personal narrative, to Thought Catalog. I’ve been reading on that site since 2011 and I would love to get published on there, if not with this article than eventually with a different one. I’m not sure if it’s going to get published there or not, as I haven’t heard back yet, but I’m excited. I’ve had Thought Catalog in mind ever since this class started as where I wanted to try and get published on, because I’ve always really liked that their motto is “All thinking is relevant.” Because I knew this was where I wanted to publish when I started writing my narrative, I already had several examples already published on the website that I could refer to, both so I would have a better idea of what to write myself but also so I would know what I did not want to write. Having the examples in front of me helped me tailor my article to the best standards I felt it could be at to publish on Thought Catalog.
As I said, I have not received a response yet, but I am hopeful. I sent the article directly to the founder, Chris Lavergne, because he is the only one listed to do so. I am hoping to hear back soon, and with good news. I feel like my article was a good fit for Thought Catalog and I am hopeful that it will end up getting published there.
It’s really hard to be a novice writer trying to break into the world of writing. It’s hard, because without any “experience” or other publications under your belt, it’s as if no one has time for you. You aren’t good enough to anyone yet, and it’s hard to get people to stop and actually give your writing the time of day. However, on the other hand, it’s good because you are so new to everything. You don’t have your name attached to anything yet, and while that can be frustrating, it can be nice to start out with such a blank slate as well. Plus, once you get that first letter saying someone is going to publish your work, it can only be up from there. You may get 50 rejection for every accept, and that can be frustrating, but it comes with the territory. I think knowing that is half the battle. You have to recognize that it’s going to be extremely hard starting out and you just have to take whatever gets thrown your way.
Being a writer can be hard, but it can be extremely rewarding too, and that’s the part you have to look forward to.