The Insecure Writer’s Support Group by Captain Ninja Alex
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!
Happy New Year fellow IWSG members! 2012 was a crazy year for many. I thought I’d take a minute to share some of the things I’ve learned during this writing journey, in hopes you can learn from my mistakes.
In no specific order, here are a few things to think about for 2013
- Take time off, or you will burn out. Yes, I know you want to do it all, but you can’t. If you join thirty blog fests, write a novel, critique for three critique partners, and edit another novel in one month, you will burn out. Not that I’ve done this, I’m just saying.
- If you are a new author and you’ve been offered a contract for an agent and/or editor don’t sign it. What?!?! Did I really just write that? Yes, I did. Okay, what I mean to say is; don’t sign it the second you get it. Do your research.
**I’ll be writing a post on things to watch out for when signing a contract. If you have words of wisdom on this topic, please leave a comment and/or e-mail me. I’d love to compile a list of questions or ways to research prior to signing a contract.
- If you are burned by someone in the industry, let it go. The one good thing about authors are most of them are supportive, amazing people. Don’t blast someone publicly because you are the one that looks unprofessional. Move on and surround yourself with people you trust and admire.
- Take your time. Don’t send out an inferior manuscript because you have a request. I promise you, the editor would prefer a polished manuscript a few months late than a story riddled with typos.
- Give back. I’ve worked in a lot of industries over the years. I’ve been employed as a Walt Disney World dancer, a therapist in a hospital and a production data base administrator. During all those jobs, and many others, I’ve never witnessed such an amazing group of giving people. I am so lucky to have met all of you and I hope to give back as much as you’ve given to me.
Most of all take a deep breath and enjoy the journey.
Good luck in 2013!