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?