Wednesday, August 1, 2012
IWSG for August, 2012
It's the first Wednesday of the month and you know what the means, right? What do you mean you don't know what that means?
Why, it means it's time for another post in the Insecure Writer's Support Group series. The brainchild of uber-author and ninja captain, Alex J.Cavanaugh, it's a time for folks to share just what, about being a writer or writing, makes them insecure and what steps they can do/are doing to quell that insecurity.
So, here goes....
Back when I decided that I'd like to get a bit more serious about my writing, I ran across some people on my social media outlets (Google Plus, Twitter, Goodreads, etc.) who seemed a bit.....how do I say this.......overly enthusiastic. Not that there's anything wrong with having passion for writing. In fact,I strictly believe that passion is one of the main ingredients in becoming a successful writer. At first look, though, some seemed a bit on the 'off' side.
These people would say such things such as....
"Oh wow, I was trying to sleep but I just couldn't. My characters were screaming at me about the predicament that I had put them in, so I just had to get up and write!!"
"My characters talk to me all the time!!"
"Woe is me....my muse has left for parts unknown and I'm at such a loss. I just can't write today! Le swoon..."
"Ugh! I've only read 1,000 books this year! I'm 500 short of where I wanted to be!"
Things like that. Now, again, don't get me wrong. There isn't anything wrong with the above examples and, yes, I'm exaggerating just a bit here, but the more stuff like that I saw from more people, the more I began thinking....
"My characters don't really 'talk' to me."
"I'm supposed to have a muse?"
"Am I really cut out for this sort of thing?"
"Can I do something like this?"
Make no mistake I do enjoy writing. I've always loved telling stories and have always had a very active imagination but, some of this stuff had me doubting my resolve. Then, a funny thing began to happen. The more I wrote, the more I began to realize something that never occurred to me at the beginning....
....it was all a part of their process. It made perfect sense.
It's how they got motivated. It was what helped them along. I then began to understand that I, too, would find my own process. What would motivate me. What would help send me on my way to literary stardom or, at the very least, satisfying writing.
While I still am finding my process, it's slowly becoming more clear to me with every passing story I write, every blog entry, every posting on Google Plus and Twitter. Yes, I count social media as 'writing' because...well....you are writing. It may not be perfect structure and there may not be a 'story', per se', but you're still putting words down in an order that (you hope) will make sense. To me, those are all steps in the process and helping to find my 'writing voice'.
Finding your voice is important and when I really find mine, I think I'll be just fine.