This is my first post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, which I discovered through the lovely Nicki Elson’s blog.
I’m at a point in my writing now where I really want to start getting some stuff out there. It’s partly because I’d love to make a bit of pocket money from my writing, but also because I’m getting tired of the Fiancé saying ‘why haven’t you?’
He’s not a creative, and doesn’t understand the writing industry at all. He seems to think I can just send off a manuscript and start earning. He’s realistic enough to know that it wouldn’t be JK Rowling money, but he thinks the whole process is a lot easier than it is.
Still, he’s right. Why haven’t I ever put anything out there? With self-publishing options available, it’s easy to get your writing on the market. And I’ve had favourable critiques from friends and family, and the few writers I’ve been brave enough to send my work to. I’m not kidding myself that I’m the next Harper Lee, but I’ve had enough confidence in the past to think that what I’m writing isn’t totally terrible…
And yet, every time I start thinking about self-publishing, I manage to talk myself out of it. I’m not ready.
I’m currently in the progress of finishing a nine-part novella series that I love. It needs some serious work – the series evolved so much as I wrote it that I need to go back and change the first few instalments to better fit the end. I’ve set myself realistic goals and deadlines to get the work done, and I’m going to work hard to get on with it.
Because I’ve been saying for years that ‘this is my year, this is the one where I put some things out there’ and every year I get inspired by other writer’s stories and other writer’s books, and still every year I fail to take that final step.
So I’m joining the Insecure Writer’s Support Group in the hope that talking about these fears and insecurities with other like minded people will help me to beat them. Because I really don’t want to get to this time in 2016 and still be asking ‘Why haven’t I?’ when people ask me about getting my writing out there.