Welcome to The Folder!
For as long as I have been reading (roughly age four-ish), I have wanted to be a writer. And pretty much since then, I’ve been a writer.
I’ve been published exactly once, and that was a poem in the journal Nocturnal Lyric. I’m not even sure if that journal is published anymore, and the payment was nonexistent. (I even had to buy my own contributor’s copy.) Still, I very distinctly remember the thrill when I got that acceptance letter in the mail.
I don’t know why I don’t write more. It isn’t a fear of rejection. In fact, that’s where the title of this blog comes from.
Stephen King talked about how he had a nail, and on this nail, he would impale his rejection letters. I liked the idea of saving them, and I used to keep a folder that I would store my rejection letters in. I had a few dozen in there, but I kept stopping writing. I plan for this blog to be my new Rejection Folder, and hopefully, I will soon get to add a section of Acceptance Letters.
Writing would always live in the back of my head, even if I was too busy with school or work or whatever to write as much as I’d like. I’m always looking for scenarios that strike me as interesting or fun character descriptions. Sometimes, I’ll even hear a name and think, “Oh, I need to create a character with that name!”
So I’m trying to write more. I want to try and send out at least ONE submission a month. That’s pretty low, so I think I can do that. I’ve got a bank of a few short stories and poems that I can send out, and I plan to keep writing as well to add to my bank of stories that I’m submitting.
As for what you can expect to find on this blog, I’ll be sure to tell a bit about what I’m writing as I complete each story. I’ll also write a blog post for each submission and rejection or acceptance letter that I receive, as well as anything else relevant to my writing that I think to put here.
Maybe someday, I’ll be the next J.K. Rowling.
Let’s see how long it takes.