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Unpublished? So was I.

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Hazel Gaynor

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There’s something about Sunday mornings. That quiet hour before anyone else is up, with the sun shining and the first coffee of the day. This is my meditation time. My thinking and calming time. This is when I feel purposeful and energised and ready to DO STUFF.

This is also the time when I read articles and blog posts about the business of writing. I am constantly curious to learn how other people do it, how they got there, how they cope with deadlines and gnarly reviewers, how they celebrate publication and how they plot. It makes me feel like I am part of a family, and that’s important when you hold a permanent ‘table for one’ reservation at the writing desk.

So, what better time than a sunny Sunday morning to share this piece I wrote recently for Writer’s Digest: Advice to my Unpublished Self. It came from a place of reflection when I was thinking how different things would be now if I’d given up trying to get published, which I almost did in 2013.

For anyone who is frustrated, disillusioned, or feeling generally blah about their quest to write, I hope – if you read it – that it helps. If only a little.

Happy writing.

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