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ISWG: Novel Release Anxieties

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

So I managed to miss my Insecure Writer's Support Group post the last two months. I could claim I was too insecure to post, but in truth I simply didn't get round to it. But here goes for April!


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Putting anything out into the public domain is always an exciting - or in other words scary - time. I have a novel coming out at the end of this month so I'm very familiar with the mixture of emotions. I know there are writers who write solely for their own amusement and I've certainly written pieces that I then decided weren't good enough and which I never showed to anyone.

But for me, the point of writing is to be published. Writing can be intrinsically satisfying, but to my mind a story needs readers. If it isn't read by anyone is it really a story on a philosophical level? Discuss. In any case, you have to get your work out there. Release it into the world by whatever means you choose and let it live. Doing so can be scary. Your darling might get panned. It might get ignored. Or it might do well. But it has to have the chance.

At such times you have to set your insecurities aside. And enjoy the excitement of seeing what happens...

4 comments:

  1. Interesting. I'm veering more towards I write for my own satisfaction, nowadays. Lordee knows I'd write to market if I could. But I've found that focussing on the process and letting what may be, may be, is more productive for my general happiness.

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    1. I always write for my own satisfaction, too. But I also want to be a full-time, commercially-successful writer. Letting what may be, be is a great attitude to have, I think.

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  2. Truer words were never spoken. I was absolutely terrified when my first book got published. But the over all consensus was positive. I think that helps me more than I care to admit in trying to get the next books to publication. And I don't like to just write down any old thing, I like to go after challenges, writing things I have yet to see out on the market. Good luck with your writing!

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    1. Thanks - and I'm with you on going after challenges, putting everything into each new book/story.

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