The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. 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! Click here and visit a few IWSG blogs!
Welcome Pitch Wars people! I've been talking up the IWSG to Pitch Wars contest hopefuls on twitter because this writer community is supportive and consistent. I hope more writers jump on the monthly blog hop and IWSG Facebook group.
So, last night in a video chat on the Whiskey, Wine, and Writing video chat show (which is weekly on Mondays about writing topics!) the Pitch Wars crew revealed the 125 (!) writers chosen to pair with a more experienced writer to prepare manuscripts for an agent pitch round in November. Woohoo!!
|Pitch Wars celebration is much like it is on Endor ... so many Ewoks!|
This post is for those who aren't feeling so cheerful. Like any contest, for all the writers who got in, there are more who did not.
It's easy to say keep going, or look how many entries there were (1500!) so statically.... or, don't be sad, there's always another contest, another manuscript, etc. It's easy to say all that when it's not your ninth manuscript that's going nowhere. Or if it's not the fifth contest entered that didn't lead to recognition. Easy to say if it isn't you feeling sad.
I've seen writers comment openly on twitter that they want to give up. And like IWSG, the evolving Pitch Wars community is supportive, so many writers are rallying around them with encouragement to keep going, which is great and wonderful.
A few things I want to pose:
- It's okay to feel sad that you didn't get chosen for a contest (or to be sad about an agent rejection, editor rejection, or negative feedback on manuscript.) Give yourself permission to feel what you do. Don't feel pressure to artificially cheer up if you aren't ready.
- If you're sad/mad/frustrated, take it offline. Vent to friends you know in real life, or find writers to talk to within a closed community and not a public forum. The Internet is forever.
- Decide if you do really want to give up. No one can walk this road for you. Publishing is competitive and difficult, even after you get an agent. Even after a book deal. No one can decide if you should keep going except for yourself.
- Reassess your goals. You can dream big always, but what can you do today to move forward with your writing? It could be reading a writing craft book, joining a writing community for support, or finding critique partners. Maybe it's to take a break and do something else.
Insecure Writers Group and Pitch Wars are ultimately about writers helping writers. Sometimes we'll be in the position to give support, and other times we need it.
Here's to September being the month of new goals and new opportunities! Please visit a few blogs linked above next to the IWSG photo.
Comments: what are your upcoming writing goals? What opportunities are you looking for? Do you know of a writer community you can share here that might benefit others?