Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The First Insecurities of 2015

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

I'm currently #80.

Can I hear a "Woot, woot!" for the new year? Maybe, just maybe this will be the year we shed our insecurities for good.

Hey, we can hope!

For the most part I'm very optimistic right now. FADE INTO ME is progressing nicely and should be out by the end of the month. I'm confident in the story, more than I was with THE MAGIC WAKES. It's easy to see that the actual writing is improving. There's more to learn, but this new novel feels like the proof I needed that I can learn and get better.

That hope should translate to the editing of Talia's second book. *fingers crossed*

My insecurities have only flirted with me so far this year, and it's because I played the comparing game. Here's the deal. I've always loved science fiction. However, its the old guys I read. Clarke, Asimov, Bova, Bradbury, Heinlein, etc. The Sci channel is currently rerunning a series called "Prophets of Science Fiction." Watching drives home to me that I'm really NOT a science fiction writer. For a moment it made me sad, and then I realized something.

I'm not a science fiction writer like the writers I love because I'm writing for a different audience and for different reasons. It's not because I'm not smart enough. With research I could really beef up the science side of my novels. However, while I love exploring the physics and engineering side of things when I read, when I sit down it doesn't feel important to the story I'm writing.

Those great men were exploring ideas. Asking questions to figure out where we come from, our purpose on earth, where we're going, etc. They felt the need to find ways to accomplish the things they wrote about. Because of that, they predicted and set into motion many technological advances.

I don't feel that drive. I write to explore characters and their emotional journey. It just happens that my settings are generally otherworldly. My purpose is escapism. And I'm good with that. :)

Do you ever make the mistake of comparing yourself to other writers? Which ones?
Coming January 31st
You can read the first 2 chapters on my website.
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