Today is the first Wednesday of the month: Insecure Writer's Support Group blog! Hurray! Congratulations to Alex J. Cavanaugh and his wonderful team on the incredible work they continue to do. The IWSG is a safe place for writers to express their fears and insecurities in a supportive environment.
I have experienced a few insecurities this month, although I do try my best to keep everything in context.
1. I submitted a story to a literary magazine: it wasn’t accepted (that sounds so much better than saying the ‘R’ word). I am really proud of this story which is entitled, Up Close and Personal. The story was inspired by reading the devastating news of the wild fires that raged through western Canada in July 2015, destroying homes and landscape with such relentless ferocity. My protagonist female photographer embarks upon the assignment of a life time and drops into the danger zone to capture images of the heroic fire fighters who battle against the fiery beast. Her aim: to found and fund a charity in honour of her father, who lost his life to wild fires, which will assist families to rebuild their lives after the effects of the destructive phenomenon.
Insecurity: Is the story as well written as I think it is? Why didn’t it even make the short list?
2. I finally finished the big self-edit of my novel. Phew!
Insecurity: I have spent so long on this first novel and I continue to doubt whether it is good enough to let go of yet. After it’s had a well-deserved rest from me, I’ll re-read it and then decide how to proceed.
3. Back to a creative February, after wearing my editing head for too long. I’ve started a new project which is the first in a series of mystery novellas. It is actually quite liberating to be back in the creative zone. I have more or less planned the whole of this story in order to take more control of my word count.
Insecurity: Will I actually stick to the plan or will my mind take me on another route?
Apart from these slight niggles of insecurity, I am pleased with how 2016 is panning out at present. Alongside my writing and editing, I have been doing lots of research into marketing and learning about the self-publishing world. All very exciting stuff (although sometimes a bit overwhelming).
I hope you have all had a productive and positive January.