Lots going on for February 1!Today is the Crit My Blog blogfest!
- Appearance: Does it appeal to you? Is it too busy, or too plain?
- Layout: Is it difficult to navigate? Is it cluttered, or sparse?
- Frequency: Does the blogger post too often? Not often enough?
- Content: Are the posts interesting? Unique? Are they focused, or all over the place?
- Quality: Are the individual posts too long, too short, too sloppy, or too generic?
THANKS! I will be out there critting too =)
And the Insecure Writers Support Group - meeting is in session...
This month, I question my talent. Some writers have a natural ability - I read it! Some have connections and land an agent via recommendation. And some just have the luck to find that special agent/publisher they click with. All these published authors have a wide range of talents. I keep telling myself I'll get my agent when it is my time, or I'll self pub. But as I wait, I doubt.
I wonder if I should be on this show, "You Can Do Anything!" a skit from SNL (with host Daniel Radcliffe). It was the inspiration for my IWSG post this month. (I actually embedded a video!)
Am I really good enough? Or are you all just being nice? Am I just a housewife filling a void? Is there room for all of us on the shelves? (or in the nook, kindle, ibook, etc) The real question is, Would you buy my book? I have a lot of good stories and I love writing them and want to share them. But when I read others' works, I feel inadequate. This community is so nice and encouraging, but is it real? Silence is the biggest negative. No comments. Do you feel obligated to say something positive? I admit I do sometimes. I hate hurting people's feelings.
I'm not going to give up because I love writing and love this community. I just wonder if I'll ever be good enough to get published traditionally. Guess that's why I will eventually self-pub, if necessary. My goal is not the money or notoriety, it's to entertain as many as will read my stuff.
Ever have those doubts? Do you think you have what it takes? I don't know!
And to summarize my point, here is this Wednesday's Sensational Haiku on craft.
The Writing Craft
Choosing words with care
It sounds wonderful to me!
You read and decide
Of admiration with slight
Now send off to critiquers
For the ugly truth!