Today we welcome guest blogger Theresa Milstein. Theresa writes middle grade and YA, but poetry is her secret passion. Her vignette collection, Time & Circumstance, will be published by Vine Leaves Press in March 21, 2017. She lives near Boston Massachusetts with her husband, two children, a dog-like cat, and a cat-like dog. For her day job, she works as a special education teacher in a public school, which gives her ample opportunity to observe teens and tweens in their natural habitat.
When I began writing seriously, I concentrated on full-length manuscripts for kids and teens. Somewhere along the way, I received advice to write short stories. Not only would they make my writing more concise because each word must count, but a published piece would teach me about the revision process and get my name out there. Around that time, an opportunity arose to take a poetry workshop series. If short stories would make me a better writer, wouldn’t poetry make me an even better writer?
I learned a lot at the workshops and I continued to write poetry. When I became more confident in my poetry abilities, I began submitting to literary journals. I found out about Vine Leaves Literary Journal, which published vignettes. I asked, “What is a vignette?” It’s a small, emotional moment captured. That works well with poetry, but I also learned a vignette could be a prose piece too. I began writing both prose and poetry vignettes. Vine Leaves Literary Journal accepted one of each.
Although I rarely submitted small pieces after that, I continued to write and revise full-length manuscripts and I continued to write vignettes. An editor at Vine Leaves asked to see a few poems for a project. The project fell through. But she asked if I had enough for a collection for Vine Leaves Press. After a lot of angst and time, I pulled my pieces onto one document and arranged them again. And again. After more angst and time, I hit the send button.
Months later, Vine Leaves sent me a publishing contract. Although I never set out to write a book of vignettes, years of practice led to Time & Circumstance.
TIME & CIRCUMSTANCE is available for preorder.
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