Limbo Isn’t Just A Party Game

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the September 6 posting of the IWSG are Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure!

It’s IWSG day! What are we insecure about this month, everyone?

My insecurity is that right now I’m waiting to hear back from an editor. Is there anything more nerve wracking for an author? To know that your precious manuscript is sitting on someone’s hard drive, waiting to be judged. You wait, and wait, and grow old, and refresh your inbox until your eyes glaze over, and fly into a frenzied panic every time you hear that little alert go off. But it’s just Grandma again, with another funny picture she found online that literally everyone else on the internet has already seen (and it has Minions in it) and you’re like GRANDMA PLEASE, I AM TRYING TO MELT DOWN IN PEACE WOULD YOU STOP CLOGGING UP MY INBOX. I mean, what if you accidentally delete the email from the editor because you were trying to get all of Grandma’s chain emails out of there? Oh my God, what if you already did it days ago??? What if it accidentally went into your spam folder and got deleted FOREVER???

Yes, staying calm and rational during this time is a difficult task. Supposedly, if you focus on other work the time goes faster and you think of it less, but in my experience hahahahahahaha. Not to worry though, said editor eventually gets back to you–either to tell you your story is the greatest thing since fried chicken, or to tell you to burn it and never speak of it to anyone again. Only, in more polite terms.

Meh.

September 6 Question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing?

Yes, and it happens often, which is also surprising! Sometimes I’m reading something I haven’t touched in a while and I think “man who wrote this?” and then realize it was me and kind of boggle. Turns out I’m often a better writer than my squirrelly brain likes to let me believe. Of course it’s a double edged sword, because it feels good but you also can’t vainly text everyone you know in that moment and tell them what an awesome writer you are and quote your prose at them.

Well, you could, but these people probably won’t want to hang around you much anymore.

I also surprise myself that I’m much more willing to try new things as I grow as a writer. I’m willing to test different methods, take risks, and approach things differently. I’m always so stuck in my ways, it pleases me when I actually move myself to try something fresh. I guess I’m not as cantankerous as I thought. Now, you damn kids better get off my lawn.

38 thoughts on “Limbo Isn’t Just A Party Game

  1. Now I know how that feels from the other side of the editor’s desk! If I’m taking longer than anticipated with a manuscript, I’ll typically email the author and tell them about how far through it I am, so they don’t worry. I once had an atypical edit for an author I’d worked for many times, and I’d sent him a little written summary as an attachment (because there were issues—like the book’s ending—I needed to analyze & address somewhere other than the margin notes), and I said something like, “Don’t be scared to read it; it’s nothing horrible.” He messaged me back and said, “Well I wasn’t worried until you told me not to be scared, and now I’m so scared I’ve convinced myself that I have to wait until I get home and have a glass of wine before I read it.” I guess we really do hold more power than we realize. I never sent a “harmless” note like that again. 🙂

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    1. I feel like I worded this post very poorly because I didn’t mean that an editor is actually editing it (as most people who commented here assumed), but that it’s in the hands of an editor at a publisher who is going to decide if they want to publish it or not. Still, it’s great to hear the other side of the story!

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  2. I’m waiting right now for my editor to finish with one story so she can start mine. She said mid-September, so I only have a little more to wait. Unless she gets blown away by Irma because she’s in Florida. =S

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    1. Ohhh no! I hope she gets out of Florida safely. Good luck!

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  3. This post made me smile and sounds very relatable! (Is that even a word?). Keeping my fingers crossed that you find a positive reply from the editor in your inbox soon. If for nothing else, for your grandmother’s sake, so you can give her emails the attention they deserve again. 🙂

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    1. Relatable is definitely a word! The scenario described with the grandma is actually fictional, mine are long since passed, but if anything, I’ve reminded myself to be more patient with others!

      Thank you!

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  4. I had to laugh at the image of an excited and sweet-faced Grandma with another funny picture she found… while you’re having a meltdown! 🙂
    Congrats on the ongoing risk-taking…you are so BRAVE!

    Writer In Transit

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  5. LOL. I have actually checked my email trash because I felt I must have accidentally deleted something from my editor. They couldn’t make me wait this long!

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    1. Isn’t it funny how our brains make us panic? Always assume the worst!!

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  6. If the picture was of Minions, I wouldn’t care if I’d seen it already. LOL

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    1. LOL! At least it would keep you distracted!

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  7. I love the humor in your post!
    (And being a Grandma, guess I’d better cool it with the emails. Oh wait, they’re toddlers. They don’t have email yet. I will definitely make a note for the future LOL)

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    1. LOL you’ll probably have something new and popular when it’s time to send them emails. 😉

      Thank you!

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  8. Good luck with your editor. Your post about Grandma made me laugh!

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  9. I’m in the waiting boat as well. Surprisingly I’ve not been nervous about it. I have been kept busy by beta reading and working on a new project, so maybe that’s why I have’t had time to worry. I’m sure once that email does hit my inbox it’ll be a different story.

    Hope you get your message soon.

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    1. Teach me your magic! 😉 I’m TRYING to keep busy with another book, at least.

      Good luck and thank you!

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  10. Fretting over waiting on editors, I know the feeling. 🙂 Just a though, because I don’t want you to miss out on people returning your comments. I find it’s easier to find posts when IWSG is in the post title. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog, and I look forward to reading your future posts!

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    1. It puts you on pins and needles, all that waiting. Thank you so much!

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  11. not to worry! your editor will like it! and hopefully give you great advice =) take it with a grain of salt and a spoonful of sugar, hows that for mixing metaphors?

    and your were right, it was ABBA, though i messed up, the title is really knowing me knowing you… ah well!

    thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Awww, thank you! And thank YOU for stopping by here too! 🙂

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  12. Haha, when I’m waiting to hear feedback it’s a double-edged sword, part of me is always sure that the feedback will be awful. So while I want to hear the feedback, I also want to make the most of my time before I get the crushing news that alerts me to my many, many flaws…

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    1. That’s a good point. Also until you hear back, it’s not bad news–no news is good news, as they say!

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  13. don’t we just love it when old ourselves surprise our current selves positively?

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  14. Wishing great news with your MS. I bet good news will arrive soon. Hang in there. Love the OMG moments, lol.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

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  15. You’re a squirrelly good writer then!
    The part about Grandma’s emails made me chuckle.

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  16. Waiting is always the hard part, so I totally understand. Love your grandmother. She’s keeping it real for you.

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  17. I hope it goes well with your new manuscript, Megan. I also sometimes go back to something I have written and thing, wow, how did I write that?

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    1. Thank you! And it’s crazy, isn’t it? We’re better at this than our brains let us think!

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  18. Ha! I have a sign that tells salesmen and kids to stay off my lawn. 🙂 Waiting is hard and sometimes trying new things is too, but it’s worth it.

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    1. Ha! Does it work? 😉 And it certainly is!

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  19. I think we’re all risk takers and that’s a good thing. If we didn’t risk sharing our work, it would never get out there. 😉

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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