The 5 Stages of Posting Your Writing to the Internet
The Season 10 deadline just passed, and I can hear all you submitters biting your nails all the way from Swoon HQ. And I don’t blame you! Posting your writing out in the world for everyone to see is TERRIFYING. This thing that you’ve bled, sweat and cried over is as good as you could make it, and now it’s time to *gulp* SHARE it. Daunting to say the least.
We’ve all heard of the five stages of grief, right? (If not, I highly recommend you watch what is quite possibly the best YouTube video ever made.) Well, I have a theory that there’s a very similar emotional cycle we all go through when we finally take the plunge and post our work on the good ol’ interwebs.
Stage 1 – Enthusiasm
“I’m so excited!!!!
I’ve worked so hard on this book and I think it actually turned out pretty
good! I can’t wait to see what people think!!”
Stage 2 – Nausea
“I’VE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE AND I AM GOING TO THROW UP NOW.”
Stage 3 – Calm
“You know what? This is okay. I don’t need to freak out. This is going to be a good thing. I’ll get some feedback, and if something’s broken, then I’ll know to fix it. No big.”
Stage 4 – Blind Panic / Obsessiveness
“THEY’RE READING. THEY’RE COMMENTING." *clicks refresh 8,000,000,000 times every hour*
Stage 5 – Acceptance
“This isn’t so bad. This feedback is giving me more ideas for how to make my story even better! I got this!”
And you know what? You DO got this! Yes, sharing your work with the world is super scary (it's like letting people read your soul), but I can promise you, it's so worth it. And I think the 33 (!!!) authors that have been selected by Swoon so far would agree. *wink wink*