Hello again! It is the wee hours and I can’t sleep. I usually get some writing done when that happens, so its all good.
I joined an online critique group this week, and I got back my first critique. I was pleased — I didn’t get ripped to shreds. Of course, I don’t know if she was just being nice because I’m new! It was very enlightening. There are so many things that she said editors like/dislike, and I had no idea. I’m going through and changing my poor baby manuscript to incorporate her ideas, and I think it will be much stronger.
The flip side of getting things done while I can’t sleep is that sometimes things look so bleak in the wee hours. I just don’t know if I will ever get published. I don’t know if my stories make any sense, if they are interesting enough for someone to want to read them, if I can actually write worth a darn. I know I can’t look at someone’s writing and say, “Honey, keep your day job.” So I have to assume no one feels that they can say that to me. Even if I deserve it.
I wish I could go back to sleep.