Wednesday, November 7, 2018

IWSG November 2018 The Finisher's Worry

Well, I met one of my goals! I finally finished Eleena's story. The final title is The Hand of Atua.
It topped out at 101K and since the first two parts have already been through three or four revisions, I don't think there will be a lot of cutting in the future.

For the first couple of days after writing the last four chapters, I rode that high.
Then I turned to search for new beta readers to make sure everything flowed after all the changes I made. Enter the insecurity.

What if it's worse now than it was before?
What if it really isn't finished like I hope?
What if I'm delusional and it's crap?
Can I survive wasting three years to produce a pile of fertilizer?
All I can do right now is:
  • Breathe
  • Wait
  • Go through it one more time (or two!) with feedback in mind
  • Send it to be edited
  • Release and let it go
And most of all, remember that I wrote this story for me. If others enjoy it, that's a bonus. Of course, there is still that mini-me running around in my head screaming, "Please like it! Read, review, make me famous!"
Do you find yourself the most insecure during the writing process or when you release your story?

Sadly, I think mine is when I'm finished because then it's time to share. It's easier to talk myself out of insecurities when no one else has a clue.

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. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

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The awesome co-hosts for the November 7th posting of the IWSG are Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Ann V. Friend, JQ Rose, and Elizabeth Seckman!


  1. If the story matches the cover it will be awesome.
    I'm most insecure putting the story idea together.

  2. Congratulations!

    Yes, breathe. You've got this. :)

  3. Congrats on finishing and good luck with beta readers. They can be scary, but are worth it.

  4. What a fantastic cover! Makes me want to read the story. Congrats on finishing. For me, a story is never finished. I always find something I should've changed/done differently, even after several "final" read-thrus. Good luck.

  5. Congrats on finishing. Yeah, it's easy to get into that mindset. What I find, though, is readers tend to find things you don't expect. If you think something was unclear, they may find it fine. Then you'll get a question out of left field about something you hadn't considered.

    And, then you realize that all the things you were worrying about weren't an issue. But, alas, it takes time before you get the feedback.


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