Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Insecure Writer and Taking The Plunge
Today is March's contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.
What makes me an Insecure Writer this month?
My decision to begin work on a manuscript that could, theoretically, be publishable at some point.
If you’ve kept up with this blog the last two and a half years, you’ll know I've been teaching myself to write fiction by writing a story set in Hogwarts, the school of magic invented by J.K. Rowling. But while I've learned a lot about writing during the last 3+ years I've spent on that story, it's dawned on me that there is nothing wrong with learning about writing while working on something I can actually publish. In other words, I no longer plan on waiting until my fan fic story is finished before I start exploring my own story worlds.
Why am I doing this now? The answer, quite simply, is a matter of patience (or lack thereof). It’s hard to hear about other writers* querying and hooking up with agents when I haven’t even started writing anything that could be queried. Finding critique partners and beta readers can be difficult (and even a little embarrassing) when all you have is fan fic. (I already have two CPs who don’t mind fan fiction, but I could always use more.) And I can't imagine submitting fan fic for an excerpt critique. And the only way I'm going to solve these problems is by taking the plunge.
I've had a story in the back of my mind for over a year now; full of magic, castles, and fourteen-year-olds risking their lives in bizarre and entertaining ways. I attempted to write this story during NaNoWriMo last November, but I only hit 25k words before I conceded the outline needed massive amounts of help and shut everything down. But over the last several months I’ve reworked the plot and feel ready to try again. My new end of year goal? Finish both the final draft of my fan fiction story and the first draft of my new story. My CP is going to be busy. Sorry Sher.
Deep down, I know that as long as I stick to just writing fan fiction, I'm settling for the safe and easy road. I'll never have to query or send pages out to an agent. So if I want to push myself as a writer, this is the next step.
Falling for Fiction website. They've got a match-making service going on this month called The Matchelor. I'll definitely be signing up!
*BTW, congratulations to Juliana Brandt. I’m jealous in a supportive kind of way.:)