Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group - March 2014

This group posts every first Wednesday of each month.
Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

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 IWSG page and display the badge in your post.

Thank you to our host, Alex J. Cavanaugh and today's co-hosts: Tina Downey, Elsie, Elizabeth Seckman, and Julie Flanders!
Visit them to say hello ;)

I'm about three quarters into a new novel and I'm beginning to doubt myself whether it will mean as much to my readers as it does to me. I've been wanting to write this one for a long time. It's very personal context taken from my life, then twisted to make the plot more exciting. 
When writing, I actually used names of people I know whom I wanted in the story, then the names would be changed of course before I'm done. I did that because it was easier to communicate the emotion I sought. I've spoken to those people as well, telling them what I'm doing, and they were very excited about it - even if the full story is not a true story. I've warned them that people who know them and who read it may put the two and two together and draw wrong conclusions about their life, and they got even more excited!
But now, as I'm writing the final 25% I'm beginning to wonder whether it's enough. It's heart wrenching and soul piercing when I read it, but it's because I know that some of these events actually happened - but will it be as emotional for my readers? I'm not sure.
So, that's what I'm presently dealing with. The novel should be done within the next two weeks and go off to beta readers. Hopefully they will be able to tell me what they think.
I swear I can feel my palms sweating already.

Have you ever written something personal? Did it make you feel more nervous than usual? What are your insecurities today?


Orgullo Benfiquista said...

Buenas, enhorabuena por el blog, me gustaría intercambiar enlaces contigo y que nos sigamos mutuamente.
Un enorme saludo desde

Hi, congratulations on the blog, I would like to exchange links with you and we follow each other.
A huge greeting from

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

If you've poured your heart into it, then it will show. You can't dump that much emotion into a project and not have others feel it as well. Believe!

Lynda R Young said...

I think readers will respond to your words because you put yourself into the thick of it and didn't hold back.

Anonymous said...

I wrote a story that was very personal to me a few years back. Not really sure if it's meant for the world. Feels like exposing too much of yourself, you know? I think if it's personal to you, one or another, it will shine through the writing. Good luck with the book!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I love that your friends are so excited to be included in the story. When you write with passion, of course you pull the reader along with you. Good luck with it :-)

loy man said...

Mazzarri : Guarin can't go missing

Agen Bola terpercaya reported - Inter coach Walter Mazzarri has labelled Fredy Guarin "immensely talented" but says he cannot "go missing" in games if he is to become a top player.
The Colombia international came close to leaving San Siro for Juventus in a swap deal with Bianconeri striker Mirko Vucinic in January, as his stock continues to rise.
Reports have also linked the midfielder with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea and Nerazzurri boss Mazzarri has acknowledged his burgeoning talent, while highlighting the room for growth in his game.
He told reporters ahead of Inter's clash with Torino on Sunday: "Guarin is immensely talented. I've given him some advice to help him reach the top of his game. He mustn't go missing during the 90 minutes," As reported by City Holiday.

Dada vinada said...

Seedorf unhappy with Milan finishing

Agen Bola terpercaya reported - AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf said he was unhappy with his side's finishing in their 1-0 defeat to Udinese.
The Rossoneri made a number of changes ahead of the second-leg of their last-16 Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid next week.
And though Seedorf insists he still picked a competitive side on Saturday, he revealed his displeasure at the wastefulness of his players in front of goal.
"I liked a lot of our play down the flanks and a couple of the crosses and above all our commitment," As reported by City Holiday.
"The players helped each other out a lot and they tried to turn the result around until the very end. Then it’s obvious that we weren’t decisive enough in front of goal. I didn’t like this lack of cynicism in front of goal.
"All the players have to be used. [Adil] Rami couldn’t play this match, while we rested the others. [Riccardo] Montolivo can’t play in the Champions League and we’re not sure about the condition of [Nigel] De Jong and [Andrea] Poli ahead of Madrid.

Anonymous said...

Title race not over, claims defiant Martino

Agen Bola terpercaya reported - Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino remained defiant about his team's title hopes after their dismal 1-0 defeat at Real Valladolid on Saturday.
The champions slumped to a second consecutive away Liga defeat, with Fausto Rossi pouncing on a ricochet to net the game's only goal 17 minutes in.
Lionel Messi saw a host of chances saved by Valladolid keeper Diego Marino, while Neymar missed a great opportunity in the second half as Barca were consigned to their fourth league loss of the season.
The result leaves the Catalans one point behind leaders Real Madrid at the top of the table, with Carlo Ancelotti's men hosting Levante on Sunday, but Martino is refusing to write off his team's chances of retaining their crown.
"Whilst we still have a chance mathematically, we will keep fighting for the title," As reported by City Holiday.
"We struggled with our mobility, especially in the final 20 metres of the pitch. We couldn’t find the space. We had a lot of the ball, but lacked any depth.
"It is clear from today that we are not at our best. And we need to be at our best against Real Madrid."