Wednesday, February 4, 2015

February IWSG Reviews and No New Ideas

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.

Where to start?

No New Ideas--
You know how they say there are no new ideas in movies and books? It's so true. I woke up yesterday morning at 3 AM with a new story idea. It came to me as an obituary. For a few hours I lay in bed writing it over and over in my head. Then I actually woke up and realized the idea for what it was. A twist on Return to Me. So now I have to decide if it's different enough to write or drop it.

I've recently hit a snafu with reviewing books. In an effort to get more reviews for FADE INTO ME, I did a couple of swaps. The stories sounded fascinating. Unfortunately, I couldn't read them.

There's more. These other two people had already finished my book. I felt so bad! I'm a pleaser personality and I didn't want to hurt their feelings by saying I couldn't review their book. But I couldn't read it. The language made me too uncomfortable and I knew I couldn't recommend the stories to my friends and family.

I'm not insecure about writing honest reviews. The insecurity came in how to approach the authors. I mean it really is a case of "It's me, not you" but uncomfortable all the same.

What's got you insecure this week?