Published Writer

Sometimes, awesome things happen.  Like this:

Last year, I submitted an article idea to a martial arts industry magazine (I own a dojo, so it’s a thing), to see if I could get an article in there about a subject I am quite passionate about – mental toughness and personal accountability.

I wrote an email asking if they accept such submissions from plain non-writing folk like me, and then …

Nothing.

A few weeks after sending that email I received a response from the Editor of this magazine, and he basically said, sure, send a full pitch idea of the story (a few paragraphs), he’ll bring the idea up to his roundtable of staff writers, and if it’s greenlighted, he’ll have a staff writer contact me to do an interview.

I sent the pitch.

Weeks later (3 or 4 if I remember correctly), I received an email from him that basically said, “Hey.  We went over your pitch idea in our writer’s meeting and, well, we want to greenlight it.  And we want YOU to write it, because we really liked the way you presented the pitch, and obviously, you can write!”

I positively squeed.

Then came this part, “It’s due in a month, it needs to be about 7 pages long, somewhere around 3500-4000 words, and we need about 80 professional photographs.”

Ugh.

So I wrote a few sentences.  Then sat on it, wondering if I’d ever finish writing the damn thing, until a few days before it was due.  In that time I got a photographer friend to get some terrible staged shots in, submitted the whole thing, and that was that.

For about two weeks.

Then came a phone call from the editor.  I almost have it committed to memory …

“David, I just read your article, and I wanted to call just to tell you what a marvelous job you did.  I’ve been in this business for 30 years.  We never have high expectations when a martial arts school owner tells us they’ll write something for us.  I’ve seen so many pieces and so many writers, and I just have to say, you have a God-Given gift to write.”

I was floored.  Excited, and of course, my INFJ-ness kicked in and I was like naaaaaah this can’t be true, I’m terrible.

So I waited and waited.  For a year.  Until finally seeing the article in print for the first time yesterday.

It’s surreal, for sure.  But I’m allowing myself to be proud and do some celebrating because it is a fantastic accomplishment, and it’s only getting me more motivated to write more and more.

All in all, it’s been a very good 24 hours.

David

I am a walking, talking contradiction. INFJ, martial artist, father of 3 awesome boys, database nerd, aficionado of great music, coffee snob, tattooed, overflowing with at-times crippling amounts of empathy. Now you know me, which means we can never hang out. Sorry, but not really, I'd find an excuse not to no matter what.

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