Wednesday, August 2, 2017

IWSG: Doubt and Fear and Hope.

A week ago, this would have been a very different entry.

Writing-wise, most of 2017 has been one big mess of things not working out for me.  Not only has this slump made it hard for me to get anything done, but querying seems pointless - searching for agents for STARWIND makes me feel like nobody will want the book, because very rarely do I see anyone looking for anything like it.

I'm sure there's at least one vicious cycle in there somewhere, and I'd hash it out but I only have so much space in a blog entry.  :P

But yes.  I've probably spent more time this year blogging about the double team of doubt and fear than actually getting any writing work done.  So when I saw Alex's news about the IWSG Twitter Pitch, I kind of shrugged.  It didn't seem like there would be any point in trying.

As odd as this is going to sound, I depressed myself into participating in the contest.  I was feeling low on the day before, so I prepared my pitches, figuring that nothing would come of it.  And I spent the morning checking my e-mail from work, tweeting out more pitches every hour or two, letting that dark part of my mind revel in the feeling of being rejected all day long.

(This is part of what depression is like for me.)

And then, something happened: I got notification that someone had liked two of my pitch tweets.  I looked at them and shrugged - the likes were from small presses, and despite my earlier intent to query small presses for the book, I've never found one that I thought would work for me.  So I disregarded them, and figured those two likes were all I'd see.

My next two notifications were from agents.

I made pitches for four of the ship's crew, figuring that throwing in some more character stuff could be good and because I had no other ideas.  One that got a like from an agent was about Captain, because apparently a magical wargolem draws some interest.  The other was about Lukas getting set on fire, because as the comments on my "STARWIND Statistics" entry showed, people really tend to fixate on characters getting set on fire.

This whole thing made me feel so much better.  I sent the queries out that night, and it gave me the hope I needed to start querying again.  Whether it'll help me feel better about my writing and get some stuff done, I don't know, but things have been going reasonably well since, so we'll see how it goes.  But this is the first positive reinforcement I've gotten from anyone in the business in nearly a year and I'm not going to question it.

I needed this hope, and I'm going to run with it for as long as I can.

16 comments:

  1. Way to go! This is probably just what you needed to turn the tide.

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    1. I hope so. Things have been going pretty well since then, so we'll see.

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  2. That's awesome! Glad you depressed yourself into entering some pitches. Hope you receive good news.

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    1. It's not going to be my usual method, I know that, but I'm glad it worked out this way. ^_^

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  3. I know what you mean about the depression sort of reveling in the pain and darkness of it all. Good luck with those queries!

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    1. Thank you. And yeah, it's hard to deal with those feelings, but at least something good happened this time.

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  4. Good luck! Now, ride the enthusiasm wave.

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  5. Woot woot! I'm so happy you're seeing interest in your story!

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    1. You and me both. After feeling like no one would want it, it's a great change.

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  6. LOL! People really are drawn to characters getting set on fire. One of my twitter pitches years ago featured a person exploding into fire, and it got a ton of interest. Too bad the manuscript wasn't ready to go, eh?

    So take the momentum and go. And honestly, if no one wants it, self pub it. I'm not kidding. Readers may love it more than agents or publishers.

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    1. Still not self-publishing, no matter how many times people suggest it. :P But that is funny about people on fire. I never thought that one would get the most likes.

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  7. Oh yay! I'm so happy for you, Mason! You are such a good writer and I'm not surprised people are taking notice. Keep riding the wave!

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    1. Thank you. I can only hope to find someone in the business who likes the book as much as some of my beta readers have. ^_^

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  8. Well done. I hope you get some requests out of the queries.

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