This is the first IWSG post of 2016! We post about our writing insecurities every first Wednesday of the month, following our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh. This month's co-hosts are G. Keltner, Denise Covey, Sheri Larsen, J.Q. Rose, Chemist Ken, Michelle Wallace.
It's 2016 and I am determined to be less insecure about writing this year.
I mean, last year, I published a novella and people I don't know have definitely bought it. It hasn't been talked about as being the worst thing people have ever read, which is comforting.
This year, I'll be participating in Randi Lee's Turning Points anthology and I have a novel idea that I'd like to get back into after being quite distracted from it. And I think I'd like to write another novella. I never thought I'd say it, but I've actually enjoyed writing short-ish works; it kind of suits my somewhat minimalist descriptive style.
But there are three things I'm insecure about:
1. Machinery. My laptop is getting up there in age--and although all the programs have been updated and I recently did a full-system backup and everything completely works perfectly--my screen is trying desperately to divorce itself from the hinge. This, as you can imagine, gives computer time a new and metallically crunchy-sounding edge.
2. Blogger. I started on Blogger almost 7 years ago and it's been fine (Seriously?! It's been almost 7 years!) Lately, I've noticed that when I'm drafting a new post, the cursor does odd things and the browser doesn't let me scroll up and down as easily. Annoying. Anybody know if I can move this thing completely over to Wordpress or why Blogger is acting a little strange?
3. Blogging ideas. In 2015, I definitely felt like I was running out of ideas to blog about--a sensation I've not experienced in the years before. I had plenty to blog about--my first foray into self-publishing, new story ideas involving new research and anecdotes, a few real life adventures--but I didn't want to blog about my writing process anymore. It's too navel-gazy. I've always thought of my fiction and blogging as two writing entities.
So I started asking around for guest bloggers and that's worked out really nicely. I'm enjoying the different varieties of work, different perspectives and advice, and, hopefully, even trying to get creative friends to come on and tell us about their non-writing creative pursuits.
In fact, tomorrow, there will be a guest post by Anna Simpson. Do check it out!