IWSG: The Insecurity of waiting

It’s the first Wednesday in March, so time for the Insecure Writers’ Support Group. If you haven’t come across this before, it’s a regular monthly blogfest where writing bloggers share their insecurities or post something to reassure or inspire others. 🙂

At this point, what’s on my mind more than anything else is waiting. There’s a lot of the waiting game in being a writer, waiting to hear back from others what they think about your work. Waiting to hear from agents, from potential publishers, from magazines, from contest judges, from beta readers and other volunteer critiquers. I’ve sent the revised copy of “Won’t somebody think of the Children” to two dedicated readers from the critters.org critique workshop, and I’m waiting to hear back from both of them, waiting to hear from somebody at nanowrimo.org about a possible manuscript swap.

And more than anything else, I’m waiting to find out if I got into any summer workshops. I got my applications sent to four during February: Clarion at UCSD, Clarion West, Odyssey, and CSSF Novels. I’m probably not going to hear from anybody for another two weeks or so, and suspect that I’ll be waiting on one workshop until mid-April. Sigh.

But I’m doing what you have to do when you’re waiting; I’ve made my peace with the work I put in, that what I sent out was the best I could have done with the tools I had at the time, and I’m focusing on other things. 🙂 Since it’s March, there’s plenty of editing to do!

Are you waiting to hear back from anybody about your writing?

5 Responses to IWSG: The Insecurity of waiting

  1. shell flower says:

    I was totally waiting last month, but have since received a rejection on a story and a job, so alas, I wish I was still waiting. It’s a good time to edit or start a new project. Oh yeah, I guess I am still waiting on 2 betas to read my WIP. It’s a bit more chill than waiting to hear on an actual sale, though.


  2. Arlee Bird says:

    Currently all I’m ever waiting for is blog comments. I’m also waiting for me to finish something and get it out into someone’s hands. Waiting can be a very insecure feeling. Good choice in insecurities.


  3. Donna Hole says:

    I submitted a partial to an agency that has a 12 week response time. Yay, only 9 weeks to go 🙂



  4. M.E. Garber says:

    Yep, waiting on the 3 big workshops…and on submissions to be rejected (or maybe, fingers-crossed, accepted??). LONG month ahead.


  5. maria says:

    Most of the time I am waiting for inspiration. Though it can be frustrating, I am mostly ok with waiting. It helps me to learn patience which I would probably not seek to do on my own because it takes too much waiting. Thanks for stopping by my blog. God bless, Maria from Delight Directed Living


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