Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In Which I Panic and Carry On

To those of you who stopped by and read my Fairy Tale Blogfest Contest entry yesterday and commented to say that you liked it, thank you. You have no idea how much that meant to me. (Those of you who missed it can find it here.)

I realized, just after I had written it and scheduled it to post at 6:00am yesterday morning, that it would be the first time I had ever posted my work in a public place. I mean, I've had first pages and queries read out loud at writers' events, but those were anonymous, so they didn't count. And I've posted on crit boards, but they don't count either, because on a crit board you're basically saying, "This sucks. We all know this. Help me make it better."

This was different. This was a contest entry. This was me saying, "This is my work, and I'll be darned if I'm not proud of it!"

So of course, I panicked a little. It was scary, putting my stuff out there like that! But I went ahead and did it anyway; I had signed up and said I would, and going back on my word isn't really my thing. And you guys came out and told me you liked it and you are so awesome for that, and maybe next time it won't be quite so scary.


How about you? Do you post your work on your blog? If so, what made you want to start? Is it scary for you, too? If you don't, why not?

And thanks for stopping by.


  1. I'm still pretty new to the scene, but I haven't posted anything on my blog yet. Mostly because the things I've written I ultimately want to submit for publication, so I've been told it's not good to publish them on my blog. That said, if a contest or such were to come my way, I'd do it. Of course, my stomach would be turning out of fear of how it would be received...but I'd do it anyway!

  2. :-) Good for you for wanting to do it anyway!

  3. I'm with AlyGatr, that I haven't posted anything of my work due to publishing complications later, but I did post the opening to my novel for a contest this morning.

    I think any time you submit with your name attached to something, there is that original panic. No one likes to be judged, even if they're assured praise.

  4. Yes - I haven't posted any excerpts on my blog from anything I plan to have published, for the same reason as both of you. I think there's something to be said for posting the odd thing that I don't plan to have published, though; now that I've done it, I won't be so hesitant next time.

    Good point, Elena, about people not liking to be judged - or even to face the possibility of judgement!

  5. hey this is halli from the new canadacritmg-ya group. Yes I post my work hallililburn.blogspot.com but I never get any comments!

  6. Hi, Halli! Welcome to my blog! :-) Don't worry about the lack of comments; if you keep posting, the comments will come.