#IWSG April: Stop looking that gift horse in the mouth

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time to share our hopes, dreams and fears with the Insecure Writers Support Group, the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and this month’s hosts are; J.H. Moncrieff,Natalie Aguirre,Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken!

Do stop by and say hello to them!

So, what have I been up to this month?

Every now and then, SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) have competitions called Slushpile Challenges.

This weekend, the opening lines from my novel were in the top five selected by the judging agent. Yay!

Yet there’s still a voice in the back of my head that keeps whispering, ‘What if there were only five entries?’

When I mentioned this to my husband he gave me the verbal equivalent of a slap upside the head. ‘Don’t be stupid,’ he said. ‘Look at the feedback; ‘Striking voice and strong opening.’ Don’t start second guessing and poking holes in things. Learn to take praise.’

Why is it so much easier to doubt yourself? Anyway, I’m going to poke that doubting voice in its metaphorical tonsils and ignore it.

‘Striking voice’? I’ll take that, thanks πŸ™‚

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11 Responses to #IWSG April: Stop looking that gift horse in the mouth

  1. Husband is right. **slap** You know perfectly well there are more than five entries. I fully agree with the agent. You have an amazing voice, and really well put together stories. **slap** (The first one was to get some sense into you. That one’s just out of jealousy. Go enjoy the compliments!)

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  2. Not that made me laugh! I’m sure there were many more than five entries. Well done, Angela!

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  3. Patsy says:

    Isn’t it odd how we have no trouble doubting criticsm, but then think anyone offering praise doesn’t really mean it?

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  4. emaginette says:

    Congrats. I’m sure you earned it. πŸ™‚

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  5. Loni Townsend says:

    Woot! I’d definitely take the compliments and run with them. There had to be more than five entries. πŸ™‚

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  6. Juneta says:

    I like that too, and you do. I know I have read your work. You have a wonderfully entertaining voice. Don’t doubt it. Congrats! Whoot, Whoot, you go!

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  7. J.Q. Rose says:

    I know where you’re coming from. I made the top 10 cut in a contest this year and I kept asking myself if there were only 10 entries too. (I later found out there were more than that!!) So I’m sure there are more than 5 entries in your contest too. Congrats! Job well done.
    JQ Rose

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  8. Lee Lowery says:

    “only five entries.” Get out of here. They wouldn’t bother with challenges if there were only five entries. I’m not much for domestic violence, but a metaphorical *smack* might be in order. BTW, congrats on making the cut.

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  9. Angela Wooldridge says:

    Ok, maybe I was being a bit needy there! Thanks everyone for making me laugh πŸ™‚


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