I joke with my students that they should start submitting their work for publication from the first day of their first year at uni. Lots of them ask me why and I explain that, unlike our peers in education, or medicine, or law, we don’t need a piece of paper to be able to start working in the field they’ve chosen to pursue. “But,” I always say, “you also need to submit because you’ve signed up for a life of rejection and the sooner you start racking up the rejection letters/emails, the sooner you can start understanding what it’s like to be a real, working writer.”
I’ve been thinking so much in the last six months about what I want to do with this blog and when I’ll have time to do it. There were plans: I was going to spend an afternoon putting on all my pretty outfits and taking photos ready for writing into blog posts later, but then I stopped shopping so much and started saving for a house.