Monday, September 2, 2013

September Letter From the Editor

September, when the weather begins to cool. Don't let your writing cool with the falling temperatures. Summer's waning doesn't mean your writing should do the same. If anything, fall brings us a little more consistency. Kids are back in school. Vacations have been taken. People tend to put their noses back to the grindstones when summer fades away, and this can include writing. 

Persistence is key, pushing through, being flexible as schedules change. What better way to illustrate that than Pat Cadigan who won a Hugo Award last night after many nominations that never previously produced a win? He persisted, and it paid off.

The publishing world is full of waiting, rejections, banging your head on your desk, and frustration. You survive it by being patient, marching on, writing, submitting, editing, and submitting again. Ultimately, it leads to the success you dream of, whatever that may be for you. 

I'm personally feeling inspired by the Hugo's, itching to write, to find success in the ways I aspire to. I hope you're feeling the same. Find your inspiration, determine your goals, and reach for them. It's time.

~Shannon Lawrence
Managing Editor, Writing From the Peak
Pikes Peak Writers NCE Director

A note: We're still looking for someone to coordinate the Sweet Success posts. You'd be responsible for posting reminders for people to contact you with their Sweet Success information, gathering the information you'll need for their posts, and compiling that information. If interested in this position, email me at This is not a paid position, but we'll link to your blog or personal website in the sidebar and list you as the Sweet Success Coordinator. The time commitment is minimal.