Whether your story is funny, humbling or an important lesson learned the hard way, Writer's Digest wants to hear from you. Share your experience in 150 words or fewer and e-mail it—along with your name, city and state—to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Lessons Learned” in the subject line.
Your story could appear in a future issue of Writer’s Digest. (All submissions will be considered for publication and may be edited for clarity or space.)
I just happen to have the perfect story! If you submit anything, I'd love for you to post it in the comments so we can all have a good laugh. If you don't submit anything but you have a good story anyway, we'd still like to hear it!
When I was a naïve college freshman, I went to a reading by a Pulitzer Prize winner. I was curious about the process of becoming so successful, and of winning the Pulitzer in general. When she opened up for questioning, this is what I asked:
“You’ve won some very prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer, and I was wondering if that was a goal you had and what steps you took in achieving that goal.”
I thought it was a legitimate question.
For a moment, she only stared at me. Then, with a little more hostility than I thought was necessary, she said, “A writer would have to be a complete idiot to actually plan on winning the Pulitzer.”
I was so embarrassed; I hid my head in my hands and didn’t hear anything that was said for the rest of the reading.