Wednesday, March 4, 2015

IWSG March 2015 Calling All Pantsers!

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.

Wow, the weeks are flying by! Here we are again and I don't know that I've made much progress since last month. I have thought some things through though and that's got to count for something.

First the good news. People are reading FADE INTO ME and the reviews are good. Really good and that's nice. I feel validated and ready to get back to work on the next story.

The bad news isn't really bad either. In January I promised myself that I would finish the sequels for Talia's book this year. It has to be priority, but until last week I wasn't really feeling it. I made myself sit down anyway and think about the story. Where was it going at the end of THE MAGIC WAKES and where do I want it to go now? Most importantly, I asked myself what I needed to do to fall in love with Talia's world again. I think I've come up with a plan.

The insecurity lies in the fact that it's been a long time. Two years have passed since the first book was released. Does anyone remember?  Do they care? Will my publisher be interested in this next installment?

And the big one...What if the second book is no good?

You see, now that I know the story in its entirety (yep! I've plotted out the next three books in the series with beat sheets) I'm not experiencing the excitement of writing. There are no surprises for me to discover. My concern is that if I'm not excited my readers won't be. I'm hoping this is stupid because I LOVE the story. It's just all in my head in its complete glory so I don't feel the need to write and find out what happens.

Does that make any sense? Have you ever had this problem? What did you do?

My goal is to remind myself this is my career choice and that means butt in seat working! Maybe I can find the joy in little details?

And, to share something that happened yesterday...

Yeah, that happened. I started to boil eggs for my mom, sat down to write and forgot all about them. After the water evaporated the eggs exploded. I was drawn to the kitchen by a strange popping sound. The smell soon followed. Ug!