Whether you're published or not, what is your best shining moment , personally, as a writer?
As a staff writer for the Wichita Falls (TX) Times covering the aftermath of a massive tornado that laid waste to one fifth of the city in 1979. The only time I was called on to report and write about a story of national scope.
Not sure what a 'shining moment' is, I'm presuming it some sort of alternative for best moment, if that is the case my best moment was an acceptance for my article from a print magazine publisher, and then the cheque when it arrived. Every other acceptance and cheque since then has been just as good.
Mick, thanks for your feedback. By "shining moment," I did mean best or special. Sometimes we can write pieces that are okay and some are pretty good too, and then there are those that we write like there's no tomorrow, when feel, "wow."
Sorry, This is unclear, I should have said - accetance of my first article... It was also the first article I had ever submitted.
Getting great feedback. It's a reminder that someone actually reads what I write.
There are many 'shining moments' ... when my school mates started to hanker for the next instalment of the story I was sharing, when I edited my college magazine, when I get positive feedback and appreciation from fellow writers, getting ot see my work in print form when I won a national short story competition at school.
And eventually listening to one of my short stories broadcast on BBC radio after winning a competition was perhaps validation of all the work and aspirations!
The most shining moment was when I received pay for an article and we hadn't even negotiated a pay structure. The second moment was when an editor took me under her wing, mentored me personally, told me the 'why's and wherefores' all along praising that I had natural, raw talent and. To this day, we're still in touch, She nurtured me and freelance referred me and got me published more, and I wrote exclusively for her mag about 8 years.
I just thought: Having my own by-line and seeing your name in print NEVER grows old. Maybe for the big-time people, but I was a small fish in a big pond and still am!
teamrn, it's such a wonderful experience to have a mentor. Good for you. I can imagine how great it must have felt to be compensated for an article. Keep reading and writing is always my perpetual advice. Thanks very much for your response.
Ytsenoh, It was a wonderful experience. I often got e-mails from Terri, that I saved and will likely keep for the rest of my life. They had some criticism at first, but always were loaded with compliments about what she called raw talent at the end.
My #1 "shining moment" as a writer happened in late 1982. My first science fiction novel, Ptolia, had been released in October of that year.. My "day job", though, was as a roughneck on the oil rigs, based in eastern Montana, working in that area plus western North Dakota.
It was a relatively small company, a dozen workover rigs or so. The #1 overall Field Supervisor was an okay guy, so I donated him a copy of Ptolia to take home for his 15 year old son to read. The son read it and wrote a book report on it for English class.
He stated, "This would make a really cool video game."
Shining moment, right there.
For me my best shining moment would have to be when I am holding my published book in my hand!
Getting comments, knowing people like what I write. I'm new on HubPages, hopefully people will like my writing.
the best shining moment for me as a writer is when i jot down all my feeling in words and complete my writing and even when i get new idea about a topic i want to write.
If I am getting a lot of reads, it must mean that I am popular.
Some one giving good feedback about my writes, That is a 'shining moment' for me :-)
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