Well I am underway with the start of my fiction writing. But where is my faith? I read a few completed paragraphs to hubby and he says he likes it - does he or is he just saying that so he can go back to reading his book? I have tried to show and not tell, but is the quality good enough to send off as a submission to a competition? I want to take my work to open mic at my writers group, but what if they all think it's crap? They won't tell me-will they? No, I think they will just say - thanks Meredith and quickly move on to the next reading which is sure to reinforce the very reason why I am having reservations right now.
I have even gone to the length of buying the latest editions of some anthology's I aspire to submit to. This was in hope that I would gain a better appreciation of the style and quality of writing. I read some stories, in particular the winning entries- there great, no question; can I do better - probably not with a big PROBABLY NOT! Then I read some other stories, some good, some a bit out there and they lose me, or I lose them, I'm not sure. Then I read some more, keeping the rules of writing in the back of my mind. What voice or point of view would be best to tell my story, have I chosen the right voice? And hang on I don't have any conflict in my story - what! What conflict? And dialogue; can't I write a story without dialogue? Would that still be okay, after all the story still moves in pace?
So now I don't know if my story sucks or not. And I have just finished reading an article from the latest Writing magazine which tells me if I publish my story on-line for you all to comment on, then I can't submit it for any competitions, because quite simply I have already published it?
What should I do? A little help please!