I just Joined the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and I am Nervous!

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In my wanderings around the blogosphere during the A to Z Blog Challenge, I found IWSG.  I also learned what a blog roll is!

I have to tell you that I am kind of nervous about writing my first post in this group.  I looked at a bunch of other posts first.  But I guess that’s exactly why I need a group like this!

So, what am I most insecure about with my writing at this moment?

I do love to write–that’s not an issue.

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But sometimes I feel like a scared bunny!

Here’s the top two on my list of insecurities at the moment:

  1.  I just got my first freelance writing job, which is to write a bunch of very short stories for 2 to 4 year olds.  I was very excited to get this job, even though it doesn’t pay much.  But if all goes well, I will soon be a published author even though I won’t get named on the website.  But as soon as I signed the contract, there came the insecurity–what if they don’t like it?  I don’t know the answer to that, and hopefully I won’t find out.
  2. I recently got a personal rejection from a small publishing company for my MG fantasy novel.  I was very excited–it’s the second personal rejection and it had some real suggestions and a willingness to reconsider if I addressed the issue.  I started writing this story probably four years ago.  I still think it’s a good story.  She wanted me to work on the beginning–said that I just jumped into the story without creating the world.  When I first wrote the book, there was too much of an information dump at the beginning.  So I’m going to try to find a balance between the two.  But I just don’t know if I can ever get it “right.”

That’s about it.  I hope this is alright.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

16 thoughts on “I just Joined the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and I am Nervous!

  1. Aww, it’s okay to feel nervous especially in the beginning of a new initiative 🙂 But I think you’ll find your groove soon enough. Best of luck and I hope you have loads of fun! 🙂

  2. Welcome from another MG writer! That’s great that you have a paid published gig and that you got some personal feedback. I really treasure those personalized rejection letters. I think I should frame them or something. 🙂

    • I never thought I would be excited to get a rejection letter, but after receiving I don’t know how many, but a lot, saying “this isn’t for me” or a bunch of queries I never heard back from at all, I was overjoyed with my personal rejection! Life’s funny sometimes.

  3. Welcome to IWSG! It’s totally understandable to be nervous. I’d be more nervous writing for kids than for adults, personally, but I’ve never written for kids, and I don’t think that’s my strength! If you got the gig, I’m sure you’re equipped for it!

    And isn’t it funny how we writers are excited about personalized rejections? I mean, it’s still a rejection, but it means they cared about it enough to single you out and write a personalized letter! 😀

    • Thanks! When I first started teaching early childhood, about 15 years ago, the first teacher who evaluated me said I had a sense of humor like a 3 year old. Then she patted me on the head and said that was a good thing (well, she didn’t really pat me on the head, but she did say that). I think it’s all hard. I’m glad to be part of this book.
      And yes, being excited about a rejections is pretty funny–but I was so happy that whole day after I got it.

  4. Sounds like you’ve got two things to be excited about. Excitement and nervousness often go hand-in-hand. You just need to keep moving forward. Well done.

  5. You did great, Susan and welcome to IWSG! Good luck with the freelance work and the WIP. Just breathe your way through it. I find it amusing that some publishers want you to jump right in with the action and splatter the world throughout the book and others want you to build the world before any action. I prefer the former. When I begin reading something, I want to be thrilled right off, not have to weed through tonnage of long drawn-out paragraphs. I hope you can find a happy medium.

    Lori’s IWSG @ A Whispered Wind

    • Thanks. Everyone publisher/agent (in particular–really we all do) has a different idea. I’m trying to not just blow with the wind and do something because someone else thinks it would make it better. But when I read her comment, I also thought maybe I have lost something in trying to shape it the way I thought it should be….Sigh….so I’ll look at it again and see what I can do. I really do appreciate your support and your sharing your thoughts.

      • It’s an ongoing process to figure out what these agents and publishers want. I grew tired of it and just stopped submitting. I’d rather just be writing *laughs*
        You are most welcome, Susan. We all need encouragement and support 🙂

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