Wednesday, August 01, 2012

IWSG - August

The greatest Ninja in the world, Alex J. Cavanaugh (author of acclaimed CassaFire and CassaStar), created the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Writers are renowned for their insecurity and, once a month, those who've signed up for it are allowed a little cry for help.
Here's mine:
Two books published and a third being written. You'd think it would get easier wouldn't you? It doesn't. The more I write, the more people read my work, the more I lose confidence.

I'm an English Language teacher and beginner students say, "English is easy". Advanced students say, "English is difficult." Of course it is because those well down the path to learning are aware of all the tools that are needed to speak the language well and all the pitfalls that they can fall into. Whereas a beginner just has half a dozen tools which he/she can juggle easily and make him/herself understood.

I think writing is the same. Now I'm further down the line with writing I'm scared:

1. I can't produce a book a year. I've learned I write better slowly (I paint slowly too) and it's a waste of time doing NanoWriMo. I'm still sorting out last year's drivel. If I don't produce a book a year, people will forget me. 
2. I am so tired of networking. And I know that's not the right attitude. But I can't become super-duper sociable and leap into chat rooms and join clubs, and ask people to be friends with me, and...and...that's just not me. I prefer to write my novel.
3. The best networking tool for me is my blog. I love to write posts. But the more I get into my book, the less time I have for checking out all my friends and followers. Please don't think I don't love you, I DO!