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Third Times the Charm

by Linda Jenkinson

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I don’t have a sponsor, and maybe I never will. I recently got my first rejection from a literary journal. I more or less expected it. The submission was my third. Several years ago, I submitted a poem to a contest and got an honorable mention (complete with a certificate. Woo-hoo!) and another poem was published by a now defunct online magazine.

At this stage of my life, I’m not overly concerned with being commercially successful.

I love writing poetry. I guess I’m pretty good at the ‘purple’ words—the descriptive words that paint mind-pictures—but I am finding creative fiction a challenge. I’ve gone through just about every online site on writing it, looked at all the formulas for writing a good story or novel, and I’ve found that I don’t want to write in the way most suggest. I don’t care about the three-act structure, hero’s journey, etc. When I think of a story to tell, I just want to tell it.

So I'm grateful to have found Master Class and hear the suggestions and opinions of today's Masters. So far, I've enjoyed the classes of Neil Gaimon, Margaret Atwood, and Salman Rushdie. They seem to write from their imaginations, dare to imagine more. They show me it's okay to think outside the box, as long as you keep it in sight.

I wonder if Shakespeare, Twain, Hemingway, Dickens, Poe, et al., tried to fit into some sort of mold or if they just wrote what their hearts and heads told them to write.