INSECURITY – WRITE NOW COLUMBUS – AUGUST 2019
“Life is a dangerous thing. Insecurity is the price of living.” — Alija Izetbegovic
Some days, I still don’t feel like a “real” writer. I don’t feel as if I’m “writing.” In truth, I am. It’s just that I’m writing pitches.
I pitch journalists, podcasters, radio and TV shows, and any person or place who might interview me or mention my memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target. When my pitch is selected, I usually answer interview questions in writing and rewrite my bio and book synopsis to fit the media outlet.
You can see those “featured ins” here.
I also write guest blog posts.
The Women’s National Book Association of San Francisco (WNBA-SF) featured my post on what it’s like to be published, a topic my editor suggested, and a question many people ask because they wonder what it’s like to have your biggest dream come true.
You can read “How to Stay Sane When Your Book is Published” on their blog.
Please check out WNBA. Central Ohio doesn’t have its own chapter, but anyone can join as a “Network” member. It’s an inexpensive way to connect with other writers and gain exposure. Be sure to check for contests like this one.
But let’s revisit that insecurity.
If having a book published, being featured on numerous media outlets, and being asked to write for other people’s blogs doesn’t transform insecurity into confidence, what will?
Let me repeat that.
Because there is no “arriving.”
There is no “place” to get to.
Of course, having the lovely and talented, kind and generous professionals at Mango Publishing release my book baby into the world boosted my self-esteem. And, of course I need to promote my book since I want people to read it. But neither of those fixed the gnawing ache many writers tell me they also feel.
With writing, as with everything else, my attitude and actions shape my world. I must change the way I view the writing I AM doing and trust that it all counts. Craft those pitches with care. Answer those interview questions thoughtfully. If the deadline is tight, take a deep breath and allow whatever I have time to write before the piece is due to be enough.
In short, stop ruminating.
Pick up the pen.
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