Saturday, January 23, 2010

Links for Writers

First, are you in the midst of preparing your query? Don't forget to polish up your proposal too. Agent Jill Corcoran posts about the importance of finding comparable books for your proposal

Also, my crit partner Linda has started her very first blog. Check her out HERE.

We all know how fragile a writer's ego is. Check out laugh-out-loud author Sandra Bricker as she dishes about The Secret Life of Writers and Their Egos.

What do you think? Will there ever be a time where you'll shed your writerly insecurities? Have you ever overcome a deep insecurity? How?

20 comments:

Terri Tiffany said...

Good morning Jessica! Congrats to Jimmy for the house sale:)
I will check out your critique partner's new blog!

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Insecure?? Isn't the part of the personality of a writer?? LOL! I can add worry, anxiety, frustration and "I'll never be good enough. Where's the shredder!" LOL!

Looking forward to checking out Linda's blog. Thanks for the heads up!

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for sharing the links! Have a good weekend:)
Karen

Stephanie Faris said...

I think over time those insecurities start to dissipate...it takes experience. Writing, getting rejected, maybe winning a couple of contests... In time we begin to have faith in our writing.

destrella said...

Linda's blog looks great. Can't wait to see what she posts next. Have a great weekend! :O)

Jen said...

I thought that was just part of being a writer! A worrier must also must be a requirement as well!

Thanks for all the links! I'll be checking them all out! The blogging world is so informative, it's really nice!

Amy DeTrempe said...

I think there will always be a bit of insecurity. It is hard to put yourself out there at first, but I think with every story sold an author still holds their breath to see if the latest manuscript will be as well received as the last. Of course, I could be wrong having not experienced being multi published.

quixotic said...

Oooh, I love linkies. Thanks for sharing.

Deb Shucka said...

I haven't met a writer yet who didn't have to deal with insecurity in some form. In a sense, it's like all those rejection letters, it's part of being an author.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Insecurity goes with the writing territory. LOL! Thanks for the great links. :-)

Tabitha Bird said...

I was pretty freaked out when I first started blogging. I thought everyone would think my writing sucked, but I really wanted to give it a go. I have to say, I am so glad I did. Look at all the wonderful people I have met. Like You :)

Emily said...

I think the more I get out into the world, the more I believe I have something valuable to offer, so my insecurities melt away a bit more each time I take a new step in my writing. It's getting over the fears and taking those new steps that's so hard.

Of course, rejection letters can still cause me to go back a couple steps, too, so I'm far from cured. And that's all right because I think insecurity spurs me on toward bettering myself and my writing.

anita said...

Great links, Jessie!

And no, I say with all conviction that I will never lose all of my writer's insecurities. Even after I sell scads of books one day, I'll still find something to be neurotic about. It's the nature of the beast. Heh...

The plus side to that is I'll never be so big headed that I'll think I've learned all there is to learn. It will keep me humble and ever aspiring to be better. :-)

Author Sandra D. Bricker said...

I liked the blog about finding comparable books. I really wish someone had educated me on this a few years ago because it's become a challenge for me now when it's part of the publisher's tip sheet requirements! Thanks for sharing this info, Jessica.

Irritable Mother said...

Insecurities? Who, me??? LOL!
Wish I could limit them to writing.
Somehow, God has convinced me I do not need to be perfect. I don't need to have it all together. I'm never going to get it all right - as a mom, or anything else. And that understanding has greatly helped me get over many insecurities.
It's all about HIM. Not me.
*phew!*

Jessica said...

You guys are so sweet to comment on the weekend.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who battles this, although it does seem to change, ebb and flow.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

Thanks for the links. I became a Follower over at Sandra's blog.

Half the time I walk around thinking, "I love what I'm doing." The other half...well, let's say it's not pretty.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Thanks for the links, Jessica. I'll check a couple out now.

Jessica said...

LOL Susan. I so relate. :-)

Warren Baldwin said...

Sure, we can get over them, if we remember that not everybody will like what we write. But, all we need are a small percentage that do. I've had a lot of positive feedback on Roaring Lions, and only one that could be considered a bit negative. Funny, that one comment kind of rings out (and it came to me 3rd hand). But, a writer can't let one comment deter them. March on! Or, Right On! I mean, Write On! wb