Wednesday, March 7, 2012
IWSG: Conquer Your Fears
The first Wednesday of the month means it's time for a posting for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. What? You're not insecure? Well ... good for you!! But if you are even just a teeny tiny bit insecure, this is a great support group. The people and postings are wonderful. So check it out and join in the fun.
According to the posting guidelines: "Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered."
The first thing that came to mind when I read that line was the simple fact that I have NOT QUIT. I remember a long time ago (maybe 15 years) I sat in a business meeting and the speaker (sorry can't remember WHO it was) said, "People who fail are the people who quit too soon. You never know what is just around the corner."
I've stuck with this strategy since deciding to pursue my writing goals. It took me nearly three years from the decision point to the day I signed a contract with an agent. But I didn't quit. Of course I doubted it would ever happen, and I feared my writing wasn't good enough, but I kept working to improve my writing skills, and I kept sending out query letters.
Keep at your goals. And don't quit too soon!
Often times people (non-writerly people) will ask, "Can't anybody just publish their own writing nowadays?"
Yes. They can.
However, I've chosen to pursue the traditional publishing route. It may take longer, but it's the path I've chosen, and I'm not going to quit.
What goal have you set that you are determined to achieve?
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Still working on that, right now honestly all I want to do is write and how it gets out there for others to read just does not seem importantReplyDelete
Perseverence is everything, not just in writing. Awesome attitude!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the reminder, Margo. Like you, I am determined to sign those contracts: first with an agent, then with a publisher. And I won't quit. Ever.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the inspiration, Margo. :-) Love the quote about quitting too soon. So true. Just joined the IWSG.ReplyDelete
It's so absolutely true. I may not be the fastest writer in the world (I get very intimidated by those people writing 4 novels a year), but I still do it, and most importantly, I still love doing it!ReplyDelete
I too want to pursue the trad publishing route but, like you said, you never know what's around the corner...
Good for you - an inspiring post! Hope something brilliant is just around the next corner!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the encouraging post!ReplyDelete
Good for you! I think it is great when people don't give up on their goals.ReplyDelete
So true, you never fail until you stop trying. Keep at it and you'll eventually accomplish all your goals. Stay positive.ReplyDelete
My immediate goal is to finishing revising this book. Then I can at least say I have finished a book.ReplyDelete
i'm with you, girl! yay for not quitting!ReplyDelete
That's right, Margo! Never give up. :))ReplyDelete
Yay! I keep plodding away. Just be happy doing what you love. Never mind the other stuff.ReplyDelete