Setting aside time to submit

It is funny how most writers like me, set time aside, fight to make more time to write but when it comes to submissions we keep postponing it. We find reasons to not put our work out there or to delay putting it out there as much as possible.

Because we know once the work is out there, there is no taking it back; we have to live with the consequences for better or for worse. So we find excuses to not finish the work, at least that way it can’t suck, it’s simply not finished. We need another draft; we leave the last paragraph hanging even though we know the ending. We hold it close to us for as long as we can bear to, till we absolutely cannot live with ourselves unless it’s out there. Only then do we hit submit.

For me on Medium hitting the Submit button has become a small ritual of sorts. Part of the ritual is re-reading my work till my eyes start seeing spots on the white. But I find myself making an odd truce with the submit button. We have an unspoken understanding these days. As much as both of us can’t stand the sight of each other, we must meet every evening and before the night is upon us, make sure that the work gets out there. He makes sure I don’t slack off and I make sure I give him my best every single day.

It’s almost calming to make the submit button your friend, but what’s really helpful as a writer is to set aside a time daily to go meet him.

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