"Here's my challenge: take some risks this month. Think about that thing you've been thinking you should do, or write, but you've hesitated because it's risky."--Ali
When I discussed this challenge face-to-face with Ali I had a really hard time thinking about what I was scared about as far as writing goes. Because, really, I've gone into this whole writing thing pretty cocky and just kinda jumped in with both feet. I've submitted. I've been rejected. I've been accepted. I've written things outside my comfort zone. I've done public readings (probably the most nerve-wracking but I've done a lot of theatre too, so I didn't sweat too very much). These are the reasons I love writing, because I can do these things and I'm not incredibly nervous.
Though submitting my novel is quite tremor-inducing.
But it's not done. So submitting it would be stupid. I mean, I like to think that someone would look at it and say "Damn, I can sell this on the first ten pages." Let's face it. Such is not the case. (Though the first ten pages are, of course, brilliant.)
Now I'm trying to think of something that will help me prep for the BIG submission process. The only thing I can think of is continuing to submit short stories. Because then I'm still exposing myself, if I can put it that way in a public forum, and opening myself up to the varied/wandering/opinionated opinions of others. The other thing I thought of would be to write a query letter--apparently incredibly important to the submission process--and make other people read it/give their opinionated opinions.
So, does the challenge count if I do this, and all it does is alleviate those original fears I had?