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 Insecure Writer’s Support Group is also holding a contest! Visit today for details – lots of great giveaways.
Alex J. Cavanaugh’s awesome co-hosts today are Julie Flanders, Heather Gardner, Kim Van Sickler, and Elsie is Writing. Please be sure to thank them for their time and effort to make all IWSG members feel welcome.
If you read my blog yesterday, you know I’m participating in #PitchWars on Brenda Drake’s blog. This is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and mentor them by offering suggestions for the next stage, an Agent Round. Mentors also critique the writer’s pitch to help them polish it for that next round.
I submitted to all the mentors accepting my genre (adult thriller) which was three. The results will be announced December 11. Forget waiting for Santa to arrive, I’m waiting for a day that now feels a month away. My insecure writer is suddenly on speed, ramped up, feeding my inner critic every reason I won’t succeed.
I convince myself that my story is amazing. Then the inner critic chirps, there were 2700 entries.
There weren’t 2700 entries in the thriller category I rebut. Hah! Inner critic laughs, but your mentors were all over Twitter yapping about how brilliant all their manuscript entries were…like yours will be the “one” out of all those they’ll choose?
I feel a headache coming on and reach for the caffeine.
My chances are no worse than winning the lottery, I throw out. This time the inner critic belly laughs. And that’s worked so well for you so far. Bought a ticket every week, right?
Not every week, I yell. In fact, I’ve missed a lot. Besides this is about the contest not the stupid lottery. Even if my manuscript doesn’t win, I can get feedback on the query at least. Inner Critic pauses before bashing my hope bubble, I felt bad for those mentors when Google crashed on them. They’re all behind now and rushed just to make their selections. Probably not much feedback coming now.
Duct tape really does have many uses. Now that inner critic is a mummy, I’m settling down with my chocolate and a chai tea to stalk #PitchWars. There is no end to my insecurity apparently.
Good luck to all the PitchWars Contests.