Today is the Insecure Writers' Support Group. A wonderful group where writers encourage and support each other. If you are a writer and not yet part of this group, I highly recommend it. Seriously. It will pick you up when you are feeling down about your writing. (And if you are really new and haven't felt like your writing stinks, all writing stinks, everything stinks, believe me, you will. But don't worry, it won't last.) Click on the link above to find out more about the group, including the list of participants.
Big, big thanks to our wonderful hosts Alex Cavanaugh, Nancy Thompson, Mark Koopmans, and Heather Gardner. All of whom are totally awesome people.
I've had some good news recently, so at the moment I'm not feeling too insecure. :) Instead I'm going to talk about something most writers know all too well about: Time.
We've all heard authors tell stories about how many years it took them to get published. About the giant pile of rejections they got before finally hearing a yes. It's the sort of story brand new writers hate. Years! I don't want to wait years!
But writers who have already been writing for a few years like hearing it. (Or at least, I did) It gave me hope that I wasn't just wasting my time. I wasn't just totally sucky at this. It's just that it takes time.
And yes, some times people break in quickly. But that's the exception, not the rule. For most of us it takes years. Because in that time your writing is improving, and your knowledge of the industry is improving. You learn not to send out your manuscript immediately after typing The End. Your find critique partners whom you trust and adore.
And you keep writing. More and more words, more characters, more stories. And even if they don't all make it into the light of the day each new word, new story, makes you a better writer. You're learning what works, what doesn't. You're discovering your voice.
So, if you are at that point where it's been a few years and still nothing has happened for you, Don't Give Up! Those who make it are the ones who keep going, keep learning, keep writing. Good luck!