As you probably know if you’re reading this post, mentees for Pitch Wars 2019 will be announced on November 3rd, 8 days from the writing of this post. Before mentees are announced, I just wanted to share some thoughts on the Pitch Wars process, as well as what it’s done for still-budding career.
This is my first year submitting to Pitch Wars. I’d seen it floating around the internet writers-sphere for years now, but I was always too afraid to enter. My fear of failure has kept me back from a lot of things in my life, but thanks to some wonderful mends and an even better therapist, I’ve been able to wrangle my anxiety into relative submission. To be clear, it’s still there. Anxiety has always been and always will be a major part of my life. It just looks a bit different now that my brain has more serotonin floating around inside it.
The mere act of entering Pitch Wars has shown me something I’ve always heard people say, but never truly believed: The only way to fail is if you don’t try.
I have spent my entire life not trying. I don’t put myself out there because I’m afraid.
This year, I put myself and my work out there, and whatever happens, I feel satisfied in knowing that I finally did something I’ve always been afraid to do. I tried. I prioritized myself and my work in the hopes of advancing my career.
The reality of writing is that no one is going to write for you. No one is going to put you out there like you can. You have to do it yourself if this is really something you want. That, perhaps, is the most important lesson Pitch Wars has taught me.
Being brave is so very hard, but so very worth it in the end, no matter what happens.