Wednesday, March 4, 2015

IWSG - Finding The Way Out of the Slush


Today is another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where 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. The awesome co-hosts today are Chemist Ken, Suzanne Sapseed, and Shannon Lawrence!

I'm in the middle of querying right now.


I've lost track of what round I'm on, but I feel like I'm really getting closer. But at the same time, I feel like I'm stuck in the slush pile and feeling a bit insecure about it. It can just be hard for all of the rejection, but at the same time I've had a little progress and I'm still waiting.

Patience is hard.

I'm worried that I'm not good enough to be plucked from the slush pile and I'm going to be stuck there for a long time. I'm insecure about not making it as a writer. I don't want to be famous or rich from writing, but I do want to be read. I'd like to be a published author. And I'm not gonna give up. Even if I'm a bit lonely in the slush.

The good news is that I've finally decided on what my next writing project will be and I'm very glad to be starting my new book, "Just About Average", about a girl named Lexi who is an outcast due to a rumor that her ex-best friend, Tristan believes completely and she's heart-broken. I'm hopefully going to start working on it tomorrow! The best thing to do to beat the query blues is to start the next book!

9 comments:

  1. Good luck on your new project. Enjoy it. That's how "real" writers get over rejections. :)

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  2. It's great that you've found your next writing project. I've been there as well, waiting impatiently for my writing/submission to be picked. In fact I'm still there. There have been a few close calls but that golden ticket is still out of reach. Good luck with your new book.

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  3. I can remember the horrible sound of a rejected manuscript when the mailman dropped it against my door. I had made it out of the slush pile ~ Thump! Hang tough,Krista, and write away on your new project. It's a definite distraction from waiting. Good luck!

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  4. I'm paddling around in the slush pile too and understand how lonely and frustrating it can feel. I try to tell myself that ever step is one step closer to my dream. Working on a new project I find is the most useful distraction. Good luck.

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  5. Good luck with querying! It's such a tough place to be in when you don't know whether your query is effective enough, or if the story isn't hitting the right notes (yet!). My querying friend recently got very valuable feedback from 2 agents who passed. If someone takes the time to respond, that's a good sign! And if they don't, they will soon :)

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  6. Querying! Ugh! Talk about an ego killer. There needs to be an anti-freak out pill for when you're in the slush pile.

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  7. Yup, you just keep right on writing Kristen and stay positive.

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  8. You just solved your own insecurity - that is the best thing to do! Start a new book. Keep busy or you'll go nuts.

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  9. You're not alone in the slush, I'm there too! ;-) I know how you feel. It's a hard time to keep your spirits up. But keep them up you must, your turn out of the slush will come! :)

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