Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Insecure Writer's Support Group

The purpose of the Insecure Writer's Support Group  is to share and encourage. 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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
Clicking on the link above will take you to the sign up page and you can also read other bloggers that participate.

So for this month I wanted to share my writer's journey.
My New Year's resolution (yes I actually made one and so far have kept it) was to blog at least once a week.
Finding something to say that is of interest to others every week is hard! But I forced myself to send it out regardless of whether anyone left a comment or not. Just the writing has helped.

The second thing I'm doing (and this is the really hard part) is to send out submissions.
I have entered 2 contests (won a door prize from one) sent in one nonfiction article.
Within the week it was back: Rejected!
So I feel as if I'm earning my 40 lashes. I really didn't expect to be an overnight sensation (hahaha).
But I am developing the thick skin needed to be in this writing market.
So what are some of your rejection stories?
You're in good company!


Charity Bradford said...

Hi Shelia! I'm one of the co-hosts this month. Good job putting yourself out there. Sending off submissions is a huge first step. There will be lots of rejections, but each one can help you get stronger. Eventually you'll understand that a no just means you didn't find the right audience...yet! Keep up the good work and you'll meet your goals.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's awesome you won a contest. Just keep sending them out there. It doesn't matter the rejections, only the acceptances.

cleemckenzie said...

You put in your time and your energy and hope they pay off. It's a very brave thing, isn't it? Now pat yourself on the back.

Tamara Narayan said...

I racked up plenty of rejections trying to get an agent for my first novel. The hardest one came after a revise-and-resubmit, but it does toughen you up.

Michelle Wallace said...

Hi Sheila!
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Rejection stories? I once submitted to a few online journals and received 8 rejections within a two-week time frame. That was an instant skin-toughening experience!
Hang in there.
Writer In Transit

Sheila Renfro said...

Thank you for all the encouragement it. I'm getting ready to receive my next round of rejections.