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Hmmm, bit of an optimistic start for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post, isn't it? Well, I have a theory - that writers are all secretly optimistic (at least some of the time.)
When an idea occurs to us, we think that just maybe it'll make a good story, poem, play or whatever. We start writing, believing perhaps we can transform the random idea into a finished piece. We rewrite, edit and polish, hopeful our efforts will be worth reading. Then we (sometimes) get up the nerve to send it out. When we do that, some part of us believes there's a chance someone will think it's worth publishing on their site, in their magazine, turning into a book or a play. They might even pay us, or declare us the winner of their competition.
Of course our work might get rejected. Rejection is more common than acceptance for most of us. But then we'll get another idea and off we go again.
How are you feeling about your writing in 2013? Is there any optimism lurking beneath the doubts?