TODAY’S BREW: Green Mountain Eggnog. Delish.
The Nightmares Before Christmas short story non-contest, in which there will be no prizes, is nigh! I, Julie, speak for us both when I say we are especially psyched out of our minds for this. The response has been fantastic already, and the “rules” that Kristen made up say submissions don’t even really start till tomorrow. Awesome.
I read all the submissions as soon as I got them. Did I mention I am excited? I am absolutely blown away by the talent of the people we have gotten to know. That may sound like general blog reader pat on the back, but I assure you, I have been raving to everyone around me how bloody fantastic the group of writers we run with is. Also, if I have nothing nice to say, I just won’t bother. I am greatly impressed by the minds of the people who have submitted so far. You know who you are.
This being said, all but one of the writers who have submitted to us included some clause of sorts that said, “If it’s not good enough, just say the word, oh you who has no right to do so, and I will scrap all of my hard work and feel bad about myself to make you happy.” Then we have other writers, some of who I personally asked to write for us because I am so enamored of them and their work, that are afraid they are not good enough to submit. I AM APPALLED, PEOPLE!
Yes, we asked you to write for us, but always, always write for YOU. Be confident in your work because you made it. Stop being your own worst critic. Reserve that right for those who are not as good as you that will point out your every flaw, because, like your mother said, they are just jealous.
And another thing! Scary is in the eye of the beholder. You don’t need to write with blood, guts and gore to write a scary story. Think of the thing that you never want to become, the thing that terrifies you to lose, the thing that stands to hurt you the most. Then become it, lose it, and get hurt by it. Now write it down. Not that you need me to tell you what to do, because you are writing for you, remember?
What I find truly frightening is the idea that the writers I have had the great pleasure of getting to know, and I would love to mention by name here but won’t, may not write something one day because they think it isn’t good enough. I offer facts now. Our very own Kristen Strassel, now complete with representation, almost didn’t write Immortal Dilemma, or the fantastic novella she has finished because she thought it might have been a dumb idea. Heard that from her a lot. A good friend of mine from Authonomy. com almost stopped looking for an agent to self-publish because he thought an agent would tell him he sucked. Then, just like I told him, he got one because his book is incredible. Never doubt me. This is not to say that the word of an agent is the word of God, but they represent the reading world, and know what appeals to them. To think, we were almost denied these great works because of needless self doubt.
I cannot WAIT to introduce you all to the amazing writers we have come to know, and hope you all are as eager to support each other. Because if you aren’t you will see something very scary. Angry Julie.
Did I mention there are no prizes? Need the scoop on participating? Click Here.