Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! (Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG)
The meat market. Wal-Mart. Campus. On social media. Everywhere I turn lately there is evidence this winter has been too damn long. Patience has run out and tempers are getting short. People want to see the sun. In fact, they’re starving for it. This despair bordering on depression reminds me a lot of waves writers experience. They hit us when we expect them to (after a disheartening rejection) and when we don’t (3/4 of the way through our latest WIP and suddenly, none of it works – plot, characters, dialogue, etc.). The wave crashes over us knocking us to our knees. The worst part though is that about the time we stumble to our feet again, the wave barrels through for a second shot.
The meat market, Wal-Mart, campus, social media. The good news, it’s March. The sun’s making a comeback. For writers, however, the rejections will still come and some books will still fail. The good news for us, if we admit it, is acceptances will come in, too and books will succeed and stories and poems will sell. Those waves may knock us down, but others will lift us up.
Embrace the waves, ride them.