Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Feeling the fear and giving it a jolly good go anyway!

  Yes, it's the first Wednesday in JUNE - how on earth did we get into June?  I saw people in town earlier today in Ugg boots and coats - no wonder I'm confused!

So, it's that day when we get to tell each other how insecure we're feeling without feeling whiney. Hooray!  I'm looking forward to reading some of the other blogs in a minute, but first my insecurity...

On one front I'm feeling very secure and excited as I've recently had two stories accepted for online anthologies, but that doesn't compare to the number I've recently had rejected by women's magazines!  I find discovering those emails in my inbox so stressful that it's almost put me off submitting altogether.  I think I have a good idea for a new womag story and I'm going to start it tonight and see if it fits the requirements (in my opinion, anyway) but I'm almost too scared to submit it (sad face).

Fear not, fellow-writers - I am not the sort to stick my head in the sand so I WILL submit it, but please think of my bitten fingernails and stress-induced IBS and wish me luck!

On a more positive note, an almost completely formed plot for a novel popped into my head the other morning, so I can spend the summer attacking that!

Happy Insecure Wednesday to you!

Find out who else is participating on Alex J Cavanaugh's blog HERE!

10 comments:

Dana said...

You should feel secure. Congrats on your acceptances! There's proof right there that you shouldn't stop submitting. :)

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Congratulations on getting two stories published! That's awesome!

farawayeyes said...

A completely formed plot for a novel popped in your head. YIKES! I want that insecurity.

You go girl.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I love it when ideas land fully formed!

Congratulations on your acceptances!

L.G.Smith said...

Yeah, rejection stings, but how else are we gonna get those acceptance letters unless we keep submitting!?! So, yeah, wishing you lots of good luck in that endeavor.

Happy Insecure Wednesday to you too.

Mama J said...

Rejection is a pain in the you know what but we have to keep going.

Good luck with your next submission :-)

Nicki Elson said...

Congratulations on the anthologies!

I've definitely had thoughts of not submitting strictly for the reason of avoiding anxiety. But life would be awfully boring without anxiety, eh? So I'm glad you're going to continue to torture yourself. Best wishes on this newest article idea and YAHOO for a summertime novel project!

Gwen Gardner said...

Focus on the acceptance letter and know that your writing is awesome - the stories that were rejected may just not be right for the magazine or story they're looking for. P.S. I get stress-induced IBS too, lol!

Julie said...

Congrats on the anthology stories and also on the novel plot, how awesome. That sounds like a great way to spend the summer! I know what you mean about the rejection letters, I sometimes stop myself from sending a submission because I don't want to face the rejection. But I know we won't get anywhere that way. Keep going and congratulations again on your successes! :)

Nancy Thompson said...

Much luck, Linda! Keep submitting, and remember...you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!