What has struck me, though, is the level of insecurity expressed across the forums by unpublished writers who are terrified of getting something wrong.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 knee, ones. And like testicles, they are vulnerable to a kicking and, boy, it is going to hurt!
But at least we are all putting ourselves out there. That takes courage. So help yourself to a medal—I’m taking two.