You may be an experienced writer, a published writer, or even a new, fledgling writer…but are you a passionate writer? Someone who lives and breathes writing? See how many of these traits of a passionate writer apply to you:
1. “Writing” even when you’re not writing. You’re always a little bit somewhere else, deep in thought, wondering how to capture a moment in words or how to convert a real-life scenario into a fictional scene.
2. Having a bookshelf that runneth over. Even though your bookshelf is about to buckle in half, you just can’t resist buying one more book.
3. The urge to subconsciously edit other people’s writing. Whether you’re reading the back of the shampoo bottle or a note from a friend, you can’t help making mental corrections.
4. Making empty threats to give up writing—but you know you never will.
5. Taking your submission strategy as seriously as your craft. You’re always looking for ways to improve your writing and ways to improve your submission strategy. You know what it takes to get results from your submissions: diligent research, specific goals, thorough knowledge of publishing industry etiquette…and plenty of time, time, time! You stick to a submission schedule, make an effort to be organized, and aren’t afraid of investing long hours in research.
What if you love the time you spend writing—but not the time spent on submissions busywork? You’re not alone. The clients here at Writer’s Relief LOVE writing, but they don’t always love making submissions. That’s where we come in. Writer’s Relief has been helping creative writers make submissions for OVER 20 YEARS. Our system works—that’s why we’re still around (and why we’ve been featured as experts with Barnes & Noble, About.com, Huffington Post, and more!).
We can help you submit your poems, stories, or personal essays (creative nonfiction) to literary journals—or your book to literary agents. We can take on as much or as little of your submission work as you please: from writing query letters, to proofreading, to researching markets, to tracking responses.
And best of all, we’re accepting new clients RIGHT NOW. It may be at least another sixty days before the opportunity to join our client list is available again. Consideration is free, confidential, and incurs no obligations. Visit our Submission Guidelines.
6. Rejection letters cannot defeat you. You know it’s not personal. And you know you’ve got to knock on many doors before one opens.
7. A love of writing classes, workshops, conferences, and writing reference books. While some people might start dozing off when the conversation turns to sentence structure, meter, or characterization—you could talk for hours on these subjects.
8. Reading is a passion too. Most passionate writers are also passionate about reading. Once you start a book, you just can’t put it down!
9. Writing for yourself. You don’t write to make someone else happy or because you care what anyone else thinks. You write because you can’t not write.
10. Whatever you’re doing, you’d always rather be writing…
Nine times out of ten, you would rather be writing or reading than doing anything else. And that’s why you hate to use what little spare time you have on preparing and sending submissions.
If you find your passion for writing is being diminished by the frustration of all the paperwork necessary to effectively target your submission strategy…then you need Writer’s Relief.
Our expert strategists will be happy to speak with you about how we can transform your submission strategy—and give you more time to write.
But you’ve got to act fast: Our Review Board is reading RIGHT NOW. And we’re closing our doors to new clients again soon. (Sorry! We’ve got to keep our client list small in order to ensure that every writer who works with us gets the personal attention he/she deserves.)
Submit work in the following genres:
- Novels, memoirs, and books
- Short fiction
- Short creative nonfiction
The deadline is FEBRUARY 17.
Send in your work today!
QUESTION: What are other traits of passionate writers? What have we missed?
Only death could keep me from writing. Maybe that should be #11?