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What do I have to be insecure about this month?
Hmm… Talk about opening a can of worms.
Let me give you a slice of what I’m thinking via song. 😉
Most of it self imposed.
Because I’m not holding back. It’s time to begin.
What does this have to do with my writing? My manuscript?
Well, it’s the culmination of 2 1/2 years of growth and development and shifting from a hobby writer to a real novelist, and these begin to explain the emotions I’m feeling as I completely reorganize the layout of my chapters into something that actually makes the book work.
It’s time. I’m not holding back.
Not really insecurities, more securities. This month, I’m clumsily trying to convey that I’m feeling like a writer, an artist, and perhaps one step closer to being ready to what that might eventually mean. 🙂
I’m messing around with the structure of my current novel as well. It’s quite an ordinary story, but I know it will sparkle if I tell it the right way. Good luck. On the plus side, you posted a fantastic song – I love ‘Under Pressure’ 🙂
That’s what I’m going for – sparkle. Thanks for commenting, Annalisa.
Nothing like that feeling where you realize you have what it takes . . . and then you realize you need way more hours in the day to do it. I re-follow with my new identity. http://tonjamatney.blogspot.com
More hours sounds good to me. Can I get some? 😉 Thanks for posting.
What a great post, Kim. My first novel took years, and many rewrites, and several ‘I’m giving up’ moments, but it does make you a stronger writer in the end. You’re doing excellent…keep going.
Thanks, T.F. Even though there’s been a lot of work and more left to do, I really have enjoyed how much I’m learning.
I was very, very insecure when I joined a writer’s group to try and go from hobby writer to serious. Good luck with the step.
Thank you! I’ve gone back and forth between secure and insecure many times over the last 2 1/2 years, but my novel has really begun to take a 3D shape that I’m proud to say I wrote. Feels good.
I think I’m there with you. I’m doing the same exact thing and have been for the same amount of time, shifting from hobbyist to real writer. It’s such a huge transition and it takes time, but we can do it! We need to be willing to learn, grow and be persistent.
I agree. My willingness to grow and persist have made all of my progress possible. Good luck with your journey as well!
What great energy you convey here! Being willing and eager to do the hard work will get you where you want to go. Embrace the experience- great advice!
Thanks for participating in IWSG!
(October IWSG co-host)
Thank you! It is hard work, but it’s so worth it. Thank you for commenting and co-hosting. 🙂
Anyone’s first novel is a HUGE learning experience. I was incredible lucky to win an editorial letter from a professional editor. She ripped my novel to shreds, but I learned an incredible amount. It’s wonderful that you’re not afraid to learn and grow — so many writers don’t make the effort. Be proud of yourself! 🙂
Thanks, Lex! You know, I owe so much to all of the incredible writers who’ve willingly helped guide me.
(Especially you 🙂 )