Being a apart of IWSG, I've gone through ups and downs throughout my writing process, wondering when I'd ever have an upswing (if ever). What I truly like about this group is the continuing support that really encourages you to persevere.
Last month I entered my current manuscript into Pitch Wars, an awesome contest created by Brenda Drake which gives writers (if selected) an opportunity to work with a mentor (published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns). I entered pretty hopeful, but at the same time I tried to talk myself out of it to lessen the blow of disappointment. Over the weekend, I was a nervous wreck. With about 1,600 manuscripts and only 125 slots, my slim chances were enough for me to delve into an enormous bowl of macaroni and cheese. I know the business is very subjective, which only heightened my nerves. Maybe my story was good, but it didn't mean someone would connect with it.
By the time announcement day was rolling in, I spent a lot of time consoling myself before the results were up. Though I had an ounce of hope, I went into it expecting not to make it. Then lo and behold I got my 'yes.'
I am beyond thrilled to be working with Brianna Shrum (author of Never, Never out on September 22). So thrilled, I could hardly believe it when I saw my name on the list!!!
So the point of this post? Don't ever count yourself out! And have some hope in your endeavors, because a little ounce of it goes a long way. With all contests, there are no guarantees, but nonetheless I am thankful I get to experience the process with my mentor and fellow mentees.
One thing I have a hard time doing is believing in myself. But if you don't believe in yourself, how can we expect others to? Own your craft. Keep writing, and keep going.
Thanks again IWSG-ers! For always listening to my rants and giving me a push when I needed it.
This was a post for IWSG, created by Alex J. Cavanaugh to '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!'