Thanks for finding my post! Usually my IWSG post goes to the top, but it's Pitch Wars time and well, Pitch Wars Rules ALL.
Speaking of online pitch contests, oh, the insecurity! And don't think insecurity is limited to only the writers pitching. I'm only a few steps ahead of those submitting, industry-wise. My role as a mentor is to share what I know and to help a writer craft his or her query and manuscript to pitch to agents. Even having done my share of contests, I still feel anxious when I pitch an idea or send a manuscript to my agent. Still intimidating when she sends it out to editors. The rejections still sting. I may have a bit more experience, but the intimidation and insecurity about whether my work is ready, and whether someone else will like it, is still there.
Kind of a bummer--you think that would go away, right?
We're all trying to see our stories find a platform beyond our laptops. The best part about these contests is the shared experience. The IWSG group is a great one too--I've seen more seasoned writers in the Facebook group give great advice and support to newer writers. No matter where you find your writing community--online forums, groups, contests, or in person, we need each other.
Make sure to visit a sampling of the IWSG blogs Linked Here and the #IWSG tag on twitter.