Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Any success is a success!

Jee Wan has emailed from Malaysia on a high! She's just seen her first piece of writing published in Malaysia's "The Star". You can read her piece by clicking here.

I couldn't help but smile as I read her email though, because she fell into what I consider a common 'trap'. This is what she said:

"I know it's really very basic kind of writing...But I'm determined to hone my writing skills and be a better writer."

The point I want to make is that it doesn't matter what kind of writing it is, it has been published after going through the paper's editorial process and been judged worthy of publication.

It's worked because she has written about a subject she knows well (her own Mother!) and it has been targetted at an appropriate time. If you read the piece, you'll see that it has been published on Sunday May 11th. In Malaysia, the second Sunday in May is always Mother's Day. This piece could not be published on any other day. If the editor was impressed enough to use it, he or she had to use on this date!

Always think about when an editor will or can use your writing. Target the publication and then target the specific issue. If the editor likes it, then he or she has got to use it in that particular issue.

And remember, a success is a success. It doesn't matter whether it is 'basic' writing, or intellectual writing, a writer has to write at whatever level the reader of the target publication requires. So enjoy your moment of glory Jee Wan. You deserve it!