- Don't write anything while waiting for a response.
- Check your email every five minutes.
- Question everything you've written in the manuscript, the query letter and everything else you've written over the expanse of your entire life.
- Take the first form letter rejection to mean your work is no good and must be tweaked, or better yet, tossed.
- Read those bad reviews just before going to bed at night.
- And again first thing after waking up in the morning.
- Check every five minutes for the number of sales, likes, and reviews. If they haven't gone up since the last time you checked, then that means you're a failure.
- Ignore the good reviews, because really, what do those reviewers know?
- Compare your first draft to a polished classic.
- Strive to write like your favourite authors, even if it means sacrificing your own voice and story.
- Expect your work to become an overnight success, just like the Greats.
- Choose the big names like J K Rowling or Stephen King.
- Or choose one of those authors who claim they got an agent on their first manuscript, which took them only a month to write, during a snow storm, using nothing but crayons on tissue paper.
- Don't join supportive writing groups, such as The Insecure Writers' Support Group. Those kinds of groups will only give you encouragement and before you know it, you'll no longer be insecure.
Can you think of other ways to become an insecure writer? Which way works best for you?
Insecure Writers' Support Group, founded by Alex J Cavanaugh. Members of this group post on the first Wednesday of every month. I'm posting a tad early because I like to be a rebel.
T F Walsh tagged me last week in a LOOK challenge where I'm supposed to post a portion of my WIP containing the word look. Continuing the rebel theme, I've instead written a classy sentence for this challenge: Bob looked lonesome as he looked out from the lookout overlooking Look Bay.
Feel free to improve on that sentence.