INTO THE BLACK
First off I'm an appalling blogger. Hadn't posted in ages. Why not? Well, because I've really had nothing to share, nothing half meaningful anyway, and most of the time Silence is Golden and there is too little of it about. (That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.)
What has struck me though, is the level of insecurity and lack of confidence expressed across the forums by unpublished writers who are terrified of getting something wrong. (I include myself in this crowd.) Questions that keep me awake at night include: Did I screw up the submission guidelines? (Probably). Am I using Social Media enough? (Much more and I won't have time left to write.) Is what I've subbed complete crap? (Ouch, this could be excruciating.)
My point is that we need to take solace in having subbed in the first place. It takes BALLS. Huge, shiny ones. Hanging down to the knees ones. And like testicles, they are vulnerable to a kicking and, boy, is it going to hurt!
But at least, we are putting ourselves out there. That takes courage. So help yourself to a medal--
Hard Men the Hard Way