Saturday, 19 February 2011

Submitting Writing: The Rollercoaster

Isn't submitting writing similar to riding a rollercoaster?

Sending it off is like paying to ride. You commit yourself and you don't know what to expect. Then there's that moment of 'what I have done' shortly afterwards which is much the same as when you climb into your seat. You strap yourself in, know this is going to feel like it's lasting forever, and wait...

As the rollercoaster ascends, you sit and wait some more. It takes a while but as time passes you're waiting for a deadline so there's no sense of urgency. Just expectancy.

The coaster reaches the top. It's freewheeling now. The deadline has passed and the judging or reading is in process and you know you have absolutely no control.

After that, you know there'll be downward swoops or ecstatic loop-the-loops. But there is nothing you can do by this point, you've committed yourself. It's all in the hands of other people.

By the end you will have had a fantastic time, or you'll feel the jarring of the brake, and think you'll never ever ride that beast again...

...but then, I've always loved roller coasters.


  1. Absolutely! It's a very physical experience - the satisfaction of finishing, the nervous anticipation of waiting, the thrill of acceptance or the sinking feeling of a rejection. But it's addictive!

  2. A rollercoaster is what you experience if you're lucky- sometimes it is like riding in the bumper cars!

  3. hello.
    Great post... I like the comments too :)
    I love rollercoasters too

  4. Nice analogy. I love roller coasters too. The scarier the better. Half the fun is just building up the courage to try the scariest one.

  5. That makes complete sense - I'm freewheeling at the moment!

  6. See, maybe that's my problem - I hate rollercoasters! Great analogy, btw!

  7. Yes, absolutely. Always loved rollercoasters too. But you do crave bigger and bigger thrills all the time don't you? What was once wonderfully exciting starts to become mundane. Same with submissions : there are always bigger and scarier places to submit to ...

  8. Given my fear of roller-coasters, the best bit would be where you crank up at the start of the ride. Same way, sending off the writing is probably the best bit (other than writing it, of course). As a kid I used to fish - nothing spoiled a day's fishing more than actually catching something. I'm not sure publication would give me a bad day, though ;)