Time for another month of angst-ridden posts from the talented writers of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Fear and doubt are just side effects of this gig we writers sign up for, and as such, need to be soothed by commiserating with other jittery messes on a regular basis. You can either join in the nervous camaraderie by clicking on the image above, reading postings from a wide range of talented but quirky messes, or you can throw chocolate and coffee at us. Your choice. 😉
The awesome co-hosts today are Charity Bradford, S.A. Larsen, AJ,Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda!
Time for my insecurity this month:
No, not that kind of size. It’s my manuscript. I’m currently writing a fantasy novel that kind of made itself known early on as the first in what I thought was going to be a trilogy. But… it’s feeling bigger.
You can’t see me now, but my head has fallen to the desk and my shaking is nearly record-breaking. Seriously.
A darn character presented himself last week. Someone that the other characters and I all believed was dead–someone that I only started realizing a week prior could still be alive–and he not only showed up alive, but with a damn interesting voice and backstory all his own. Now, the story is growing and I’m questioning my ability to contain and develop it.
What have I gotten myself in to? Am I capable of that level of world building?
Need coffee. So. Much. Coffee.
In a slightly less dramatic gesture, head slowly peeling itself from my desktop, here’s the news. See…I can perform a Vanna wave. I’m not shaking at all. Gonna keep it light. Yeah, that’ll help. Light and funny.
Up first, my favorite is the third one. He’s just scratching away taking in the weird people all dressed up when clearly it’s Miller time.
Firefighters rock! Yay for the rescued cow! And um…bulls just wanna have fun. *Snort*
Last, but never least, science news. Cool discovery that may someday help us understand fear more. Probably late to help me with my current nervous twitterings, but in the future…maybe say by the second or third book. I’m going with it. Yes, definitely by the second or third book. Nothing to fear, right?
That’ll do it for me today. For those of you in the U.S., enjoy your fourth! For everyone else, enjoy coffee. Oh, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.
Sounds like an interesting character. I’d like to write a trilogy one day, but I worry about the world building and if I can pull it off.
He is an interesting character, and he just surprised me again. I thought he was a good guy, but I just realized that he’s more complicated than that. It’s going to be tricky pulling this series off, but I’m kind of excited to try it. You should give it a go as well.
As Alex said, fantasies are supposed to be epic. It can be a long trilogy or even a long series. 🙂
It’s definitely going to be longer than I planned. I’m not sure if it’s going to be more than one book longer, or if each installment will be more massive. I’ll have to follow the threads out to see.
I love it when characters people thought were dead come back to life! That’s a great twist! Keep on writing – you can do it! 🙂
Thanks, Lex! He’s providing even more interesting twists now. I won’t spoil it since you’ll be critiquing it soon enough, but definitely a twist I wasn’t expecting.
I love characters who just arrive on the page – it’s a bonus when they’ve got a backstory. I can understand how daunting it is, but just make notes and plans (I’m thinking of the copious notes that JK Rowling made) and see what happens 🙂 Good luck!
Thanks, Annalisa! Definitely taking more notes than ever before. I typically fall on the pantser side of things, but I started building a binder of notes from the beginning of this, and I think that it’s only going to grow.
That poor cow! They were trying to take advantage of her.
Start brewing the coffee.
I agree. Luckily, our firemen know how to care for females of any species. 😉
Coffee is the answer to all problems, I believe. I hope it can help me.
Yes you are! Fantasies are supposed to be epic, so if it’s a long trilogy, that’s cool. Write that character back into the story.
He’s still there, and he just twisted things again by showing me he’s far more complex than I realized. It will definitely be longer than I originally planned–by books or scope of each book will be determined by how much this thing grows. Coffee. Send coffee. 😉