Hope you're having a wonderful 2013. I celebrated the New Year with friends and had a fantastic time. With all the festivities I almost forgot about the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Guess it's better to submit my post late than not at all.
As many of you know, last month I completed the portion of my novel which is set in the 16th century Mayan jungle. About a week later, I experienced a rare burst of confidence and submitted the first 50 pages to an unpublished novel contest hosted by James River Writers. Now, I'm feeling pretty insecure about this decision.
At first I thought, what the heck, it would be good to get some feedback on my work, never considering that my book would make the cut or that the judges would request a full. That is until my husband asked the "What if they did" question. Although my novel is complete, I'm not sure it's ready to be scrutinized by professionals. I'm insecure that they'll think my work stinks. Yes, I know, it is wise to think before you act__I should have done just that before I submitted the piece, but I didn't. Guess my only choice is to play the wait and see game.
Since it's the New Year, and I've endeavored to be more positive, I'll try to use this experience as practice for the query process. From what I hear, contests are a cake walk in comparison. Wish me luck, I'm going to need it. Hope you have a blessed 2013. Until next time, happy writing.