It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for the next meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Our esteemed leader is the enigmatic Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and this month he is being assisted in his duties by Heather Gardner, T. Drecker, Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins.
If you're so inclined, I recommend that you also pay a visit to the IWSG website.
This month I am insecure about the future of a novella I wrote. I alternate between thinking it's a solid story and feeling like it's a piece of garbage no one will want to read. I'm not trying to be dramatic when I say that. My feelings are that extreme because it's written in a style I've never attempted before, so I'm not entirely sure if I've achieved the effect I was aiming for. I also don't know if I want to try to self-publish it or take the chance and send it to one of the handful of small presses that consider novellas. Decisions, decisions.
Okay. Those are my neuroses. Now I want to move on to the things that are going well. I recently mentioned that I revived a story I started earlier in the year. The story has promise. I simply ran out of inspiration and temporarily shelved it. I recommend to any writer that you keep everything you write, even if you don't think it's going anywhere. You never know when inspiration may strike. I've even mined unfinished stories for characters or situations that I felt would work elsewhere. It's kind of like using a broken-down car for parts. It's nice to see those elements take on new life in a different story.
What is your insecurity this month?