It's that time again. The first Wednesday of October. The Insecure Writers Support Group meets once a month online where writers share and encourage each other. IWSG is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going. And thanks to this month's awesome hosts TB Markinson, Tamara Narayan, Shannon Lawrence, Stephanie Faris, and Eva E. Solar.
This is a crazy business we’re in. It has more ups and downs than an amusement park ride. One minute we’re flying high from a good review, a terrific critique, validation from a beta reader, a new contract/release. Then we get the reverse and we’re in the dumps.
How do we keep a level head? That is probably the $64,000 question. Not only is it difficult to deal with a bad review or critique, we can’t just bask in our success. Sure, we can celebrate a new contract and/or release. For a day or two. Same with that pity party. No dwelling on failure.
Wait. There’s no such thing as failure. Each disappointment is a learning experience. Not sure about you, but there are days when I’ve had enough learning.
We are such perverse characters. Usually, we deal well with success. We don’t let ourselves get swollen egos—not publicly, anyway. When we announce our accomplishments, we share rather than boast. But hit us with any form of rejection and we’re devastated, paralyzed. We think we’ll never be good enough.
The only solution to success and “learning experiences” is Nora Roberts’ advice BICHOK: butt in chair, hands on keyboard. An injection of confidence helps, too.
So the next time you’re on that roller coaster ride, remember why you got into this business and get back to the writing.
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