But despite selling a story this week, I've been a little pessimistic about my writing future. I don't feel like I'm advancing and improving, although it may simply be that the progress is slow. Being in Australia I don't feel like we have the same opportunities and access to SF workshops and masterclasses that our American peers have. And I haven't yet cracked that pro-market barrier.
I am, of course, extremely grateful to SuperNOVA, my writers' group. Their comments, insights and critiques have taught me a great deal. And generally they have been very kind with their feedback.
This morning, I noticed a posting on Facebook from someone I know. A young woman in her first year of university. She simply said she was excited for the future and feeling wonderful.
I have no idea whether this is a general feeling towards life, or whether she's received some significant news, but I'm thrilled for her that she's so optimistic.
Now while I have plans and hopes for my writing future, I don't know whether optimistic is the word I would use for me. But it's certainly a wonderful state to be in, and one that I'm hoping to achieve.
Congrats on the sale, mate!
As for the rest...you don't have to believe it will happen. Pessimism can be your shield. Just don't stop writing and subbing, mkay? :)
No, I'm not giving up. Just wondering if/when things will jump to the next level.
Congratulations on the sale, Steve. Excellent news!
I know what you mean about the next level - boy, do I know! Boy, do I do much wondering about it myself - and about one's optimism flagging, but I also know this game has a way of suddenly changing when you least expect it. All we can do it keep plugging away.
Plugging away is all we can do. And, of course, enjoy the support of our peers.
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