Writing is my passion, so it certainly is nice to be in a writers’ group. This is my first post for the IWSG, so please bear with me as take the first steps. And as I’m a bit early.
For me, writing has long been synonymous with insecurity. I’d like to meet a writer who’s completely confident about his/her success in the writing world.
We all heard DeNiro’s words at the Oscars, if not by watching the ceremony probably by logging into Facebook or Twitter: “The mind of a writer can be a truly frightening thing …”
Writers create art, and sometimes this creation comes from experiences or memories or accounts best left unexplored. But the process can also be most satisfying — especially when the right words come flooding out — at least until the next moment of doubt.
But to address the subject at hand here — a writer’s insecurity — the biggest setback, for me, is when a rejection letter pops into my inbox.
And after a success story last month, that’s what my email held yesterday — a rejection. Not as generic as past letters with a quick your story is not for us line. Now, there’s room for future collaboration with we hope that you will continue to send us your work from the editor. Or maybe that’s the new normal.
I don’t know a good way to get past feelings of dejection. Do you?
One way I deal with it, though not always successfully, is by querying again the same day. Luckily, sadness doesn’t last — not when there’s another story in me, fighting for attention.
Doubt is not all bad. It pulls me out of the make-believe world I create and deposits me back into the reality of family, work. Then a time to look at the story again, reevaluate.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, your success stories. Or anything else, for that matter.
As a side note, I won’t be able to post on this subject during April, (hope that’s not a problem), as Blogging from A to Z is just around the corner.
My very best, Silvia.