A while back I became acquainted with the website Kickstarter. My inner geek squealed with excitement at all of the cool projects. Not only was I excited to get in on the ground floor of some interesting games, websites, and books, but I was enthralled to actually help average people see their creative dreams come to fruition.
This has got me thinking about my own creative endeavors.
Ever since my freshman year of high school, I have been interested in writing. Of all the short stories, poems, and novel projects I’ve created, the dream of seeing my work in print has always been in the back of my mind.
So I went out and did what I could to make that a reality. I’ve seen some of my work make its way into small presses and collections, including The Oak, Blackbook Press, and Poetic Hours. The feeling of seeing my work among so many other amazing pieces of literature is truly indescribable.
However, I never saw any serious success with publishing ever since I moved on to my full time job of teaching. I attempted to get the first book in my trilogy published, but all I received in return was a large pile of rejection letters.
I’m not one to be easily discouraged, but the reality of the amount of time both my job and thesis work have left little opportunities for writing and even less for publishing. That being said, come July I’ll have a bit more time to write that has been formerly devoured by researching and crafting my 50+ page monstrosity of a thesis. And the emergence of Kickstarter may be the kick in the pants needed to regain my fervor for writing.
Poetry? Novels? Short stories? With the help of Kickstarter and a hell of a lot of work on my part, I may be able to one day get the recognition I’ve always dreamed about finding.
And as promised, I leave you with a quote from someone far wiser and more successful than I:
“You need not expect to get your book right the first time. Go to work and revamp or rewrite it. God only exhibits his thunder and lightning at intervals, and so they always command attention. These are God’s adjectives. You thunder and lightning too much; the reader ceases to get under the bed, by and by.” – From a Letter to Orion Clemens, written by Mark Twain on March 23rd, 1878