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Slack Time

I am in between major writing assignments. Two of my articles are in process, that is, they are getting ready for print, but I have nothing new to occupy my time, save for my regular work from my Vancouver employer.

There is low paying web work that I could accept but I am thinking it would be better for me to write query letters, in the hope of getting a magazine article assignment. What to do?

I suppose it is possible I could spend the time learning, like exploring the drawing tablet I just bought (internal link), or concentrating on Photoshop. But, as a writer, the first thing I want to do is write, preferably on something lengthy and challenging. And the only way to get such an assignment is by turning out query letters, with a rejection rate of over 90%. Sigh.

As fellow writers, what do you do with your slack time?

If you are wandering with your writing like me, looking for a place to go, check out the latest e-mail from SubmishMash Weekly. (external link). Many places listed to submit all sorts of writing and visual arts.


By thomasfarley01

Business writer and graphic arts gadfly.

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