Friday, April 18, 2014

April A To Z Challenge Day 16- P is for Published


Every blogger has a dream of being published. Some dream of publishing their poems, some desire to see their article in newspaper and some, like me, hope to see their stories in fine print. But seeing your name in paper, published, and your work being read by others is a thrill like none.

When I started writing fiction on my blog, I never dreamt that, one day my story will be published. But as days passed I learnt the finer nuances of fiction writing. And a major chunk of the learning process is reading. Reading books or other fiction blogs helped a lot and I still have lots to learn. In my opinion, learning and evolving is a never ending process.

Last year in the month of April, I came to know about an anthology contest where short stories of 2000 word-range were being accepted. I was excited because it was a wonderful opportunity for me to participate and get my story published. You see, by that time the dream of becoming a published writer had hit me hard.

My story in my first book Kaleidoscope


So imagine my delight when I saw my name among the short-listed writers. I couldn’t believe it because it was the first time I had sent my story for an anthology contest and I was selected in the first attempt. When I finally held my book in my hand, the feeling of immense joy and pride filled my heart. I decided that I was going to take fiction writing seriously and try to improve my skills. My first short story that was published belonged to Horror genre and it was only after the reviews started pouring in, I realized the many shortcomings in my work.

I got down to some serious hard work after that, my blog became my experimental pad, where I could publish my stories and learn from my mistakes. In the next few months that followed, I fully grasped the heartache that rejection brings along because wherever I sent my work, it was rejected. But as the saying goes ‘When the going gets tough, the tough keep writing’, I scribbled like there is no tomorrow and kept my chin up even after receiving the news of rejection.

And finally I hit pay dirt this year in the month of April. Yes, my short story is being published in another collection called ‘Life Sundae’ and the book should be out in the market in the month of June. I allowed myself to celebrate, while still writing and hoping to make the deadline for another anthology contest.

I have made a promise to myself- if I manage to get published in 2 or more books this year, then I am planning to write a full length novel.

I know it’s tough to write a novel of 50k words or more and it would mean months of hard work, dedication and sacrificing time that was meant for leisure, but there’s no gain without pain. I don’t even know if I will publish it, but I’ll never know until I try no?

So here I am crossing my fingers and hoping that I can achieve my dream of publishing a full length novel soon.


17 comments:

  1. its not been long since the fiction bug has hit me but i have definitely understood one thing, that if i hav to write, then i hav to read more! the first thing am doing aftr a-z is allow myself the time to enjoy a novel :) n i do hope ur becoming a novelist dream comes true, nwen it does, i want a signed copy of ur novel ;-)

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  2. Wow!! This is wonderful and congratulations... Do send in case there is a link for the published short stories. Keep it up. Rightly said - When the going gets tough, the tough keep writing.

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  3. Ha..Prasanna... P for publishing was also on my list..then I changed it to portraiture. Of course every blogger has this dream of getting published. Congrats on becoming an Author.. Keep going!!

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  4. Hey, well done you. I have two non-fiction books to finish and a synopsis for a novel. Writing is hard work and really is about your passion. I look forward to hearing about your successes. Go Girl!

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  5. That is awesome Prasanna! Crossing my fingers along with you - you are a truly gifted writer:-)

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  6. Great... to see ur work published is every writer's dream.. All the best..

    http://ashalifeishope.blogspot.in/2014/04/proud-be-proud-of-self.html

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  7. And I hope you do...I hope to see a novel by you and I want to read it and spread the word :)

    P for Petrified-Random Thoughts Naba

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  8. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! :D :D :D

    See, I told you, you will get published! Congrats!! :)

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  9. Dear Prasanna ,may all your dreams come true.

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  10. Congratulations! Indeed its a dream come true!

    www.volatilespirits.com

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  11. You are a lovely writer, and I am sure you will succeed at whatever you endeavor. Do not give up! I once had a teacher that told me that whatever you do- if you submit something and it gets rejected- don't keep the rejection letter. Good advice! Keep it up!
    http://www.itzybellababy.com/

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  12. Congratulations! There is nothing like seeing ones work in print & having others read it. Being ruthless w/ oneself is difficult, sacrificing the "best" parts because they don't work. I'm glad your reviews pushed you to become a better writer. I look forward to reading your work.


    visiting from A to Z Chalenge Loved As If

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  13. Congratulations! I'm glad reviews helped you decide to become a better writer & I do look forward to reading your stories.

    visiting from A to Z Chalenge Loved As If

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  14. Best wishes to your novel, you should write and get it published. That's your dream, live it

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  15. I related with this on so many levels - remembering the steps you are going through. Published last year -- now reaping the benefits and it is so exciting. Stick with it! Congratulations on your accomplishments thus far!

    Carol @ Battered Hope

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  16. aweeeeeeeesome!! You deserve every bit of it!
    Waiting for ur novel!

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