Another Epic Fail for Harlie (as a writer)

I know I don’t update the blog on a timely basis, okay not at all but I have my reasons.  I’ll try to list them for you so you will understand why this blog is going on hiatus for awhile.

1.  I write, I promise but it seems to me that I can’t even get a a “oh boy, that was pretty good” from anyone.  Not even when I blog.  *sigh*

2.  I will admit somewhat defeat at this point in my aspiring writer career.

3.  I have crit partners and they are great but with my life right now, its hard to post.  *Fail on my part, not their’s*

4.  I’ve been asked for stuff but then I never hear back from them. 

5.  I bought, yes bought a professional critique from a well know agent through the Brenda Novak Auction this year.  Sent it to her and I’ve never heard anything back.  I was supposed to have a week turnaround.  Its been almost 4 weeks now.  And yes, I’ve emailed her again.

6.  I’m getting the sense that God is telling me that I suck at writing and should just review.

7.  I would really like to have just one crit partner or at least someone to guide me but it seems like people either have partners or just want the whole group thing.  I feel as if I need the one on one interaction at this point in my burgeoning career.  *sigh*

8.  I will still write but only for myself right now.  I have a couple of WIP’s that I love and I will finish them but they will probably never see the light of day.

9.  This is not a Debbie Downer post but a reality check for Harlie.  And its a dosey.

10.  Shoot, I can’t even get a “that sux” from anyone either.  *double sigh* 

11.  Enough of the this…at least I know that I can promote other authors and be a virtual assistant.  I’ll take that. 

Oh well…off to figure out what the hell I’m supposed to do now. 



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Posted on August 27, 2012, in failing, Thoughts, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. RIght, we won't be having any of that! I'm emailing you right now :)Rachel x

  2. Well, I'm not going to tell you that anything sucks. Writing is hard. We don't get immediate feedback and sometimes not at all. There are times that the characters are invading our lives and our dreams until we write down their stories. Then there are times when all is quiet, usually when there is a deadline looming. The best advice is that if you love to write then just write. The rest of it will get sorted out eventually.

  3. Well this sucks. How bad do you want to be a writer? I agree with Marie–if you love to write, then just write.
    I know that sounds easier said than done, but writing is an urge that burns inside whether the writer is good or not.
    I took a year long writing course after I realized I wanted to be a writer. This course was fairly expensive though, but I made monthly payments, lol.
    But I do understand your frustrations. All you want right now is confirmation that you should keep going forward with your writing outside of it just being for personal.

  4. A time and place for everything. I wrote three books (not little novellas or short stories) before I was published. I took every free online writing class I could find for two years straight. There are more unanswered queries and submissions than there are auto-responded.

    No, I won’t say to get thick-skinned, because emotions are what makes us writers in the first place. But learn your craft. Sign up for the Muse Online Conference (it’s free) and take every class you can, and then some. Have Saavy Authors delivered to your inbox and read their blogs on craft.

    Volunteer to crit the work of authors who have experience (sorry newbies), and learn as you go.

    And this advice came to me when I first started off: Don’t have too much on your plate, and expect to do it all. I was trying to blog once a week for myself, twice a month for a group, keep with social networking on Facebook, yahoo, Goodreads, & Twitter, keep a house, family, and ranch running smoothly – oh yeah….and WRITE!

    Too much on my plate. Good luck! We’ve all been where you are.

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