The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
Purpose: 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.
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG
Now that you know about IWSG, let's get on to the Question of the Month:
When do you know your story is ready?
For those able to deliver something profound and enlightening or causes others to have epiphanies, I commend you. My answer?
I don't know.
Like Mrs. Incredible in this clip, I'm unsure, terrified to know, but in the end - after edits, revisions, revisions of revisions, revisions based on beta feedback and crying about having so many doubts - there's only one way to know (you may need to turn the speakers up a bit after the ad):
Now, let's say you pushed the button and found out that your story may not be perfect, or may not spark an agent or editor war to win your story. It's okay. Here's Edna with a bit of pep talk for you.
Maybe Edna's talk is a little strong, but she's not wrong. You are a writer. By the very desire of wanting to publish and share your story, you are entering a world where rejection is par for the course. Getting to that sacred "yes" from an agent or editor (or first the one then the other, whatever you're choosing to do), well, you have to look in your heart to see if it's worth the fight.
I'll admit, some days I wonder, but then I'm back on the computer bringing up my latest WiP, tapping out more words, exciting myself with some new plot twist pouring from my fingertips and I know...
The story is worth the fight.
I'm worth the fight.
So with each story, I reach a point where I simply have to push the button.
What about you? When do you know your story is ready?