Alternative title? Forget about writing that Hemingway novel, write for The New Yorker instead!
Let us get this straight, right from the beginning. Setting one’s life goals higher is not always advisable for various reasons, but for now just accept it is probably because you cannot cut it!
Now do not get all indignant about it. The really clever people have already worked this one out and have some fancy statistics to back it up with.
How did this sudden change of heart come about? It was quite simple.
Here I was as usual, banging away at the keyboard in the small hours of the morning across the pond, in one of those great Counties of this here United Kingdom. Things creative were not going well at all. My supposedly lead character in my mystery novel had decided to up the ante and got himself killed! And I was not happy about it. Well, would you be?
This is how I came to this momentous decision. Are you still paying attention?
My having realised that I had just shot myself in the foot by allowing my lead character to get himself killed, forced me to take a break from the keyboard and scan through my motivational flashcards. Well, that did not work a damn, so I went in search of some elixir of life. In my case, it was some previously made juice suggested by Joe Cross from down under.
If you get a chance, read what Joe says. His ‘Reboot with Joe’ could change your life.
Back from my trip to the fridge, my brain cells vibrating in harmony, I set about consulting with my main man resource, Mr Google! If you not use to this chap, then I suggest you take it slow and easy. He can be rather addictive at times.
I was soon scanning through some wonderful advice from some amazing scribes. They are a rum bunch and if truth be told, I am rather jealous of most of them.
Before I knew it, I had hit the motherlode. There it was, in an article published by www.thewritelife.com. “Where to Submit Short Stories: 25 Magazines and Websites That Want Your Work”
And who do you think you should try first? The New Yorker.
My initial reaction was similar to what that famous tennis player once said. “You cannot be serious”!
I mean let’s come down to earth and ask the question, what bad stuff are you smoking?
Allow me to refresh your memory. The title of this diatribe is “Setting your goals higher is fun” Right? Right.
So what goal could possibly be higher, other than the goal posts set up on the moon by some gridiron enthusiast? Go Jets!
Here one will find some of the most dynamic writers of our time, covering a wide range of topics. What more could a person ask for, other than those magical cartoons, of course?
So, there you are. If you are reading this in The New Yorker, then you will know that “Setting your goals higher is fun” and it could work for you? If not, c’est la vie.