Fletcher Marron: What are you afraid of?
Frank: I'm afraid of not being there.
Welcome to another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post.
My offering last month was a light hearted approach to a very dark subject. Writers are overly sensitive--about almost everything and anything. Those who say otherwise are lying, but then, that’s what we do, isn’t it? We write fiction. We lie, make up stories, and share them as gospel.
We refuse to accept the truth. Even when it’s our own.
Take my latest WIP (work in progress), for example. A romantic suspense, book two of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series, Protecting Hope should have been released six months ago. All that’s required to make it complete and send it off to my editor’s desk is a measly four or five thousand words.
Well, yes, and no.
The truth is I’ve spent months doing everything possible to avoid this book. I’ve blamed the delay on family obligations, health issues, lack of time, promotion and marketing of my previous two books, blog tours, blogging, blah, blah, blah.
The reality is that deep down this story felt wrong. The plot felt forced. The words sounded stilted. There was no spark. I dreaded the damn book.
What am I afraid of?
Like Frank, I’m afraid of not being there.
I want my story to engage the reader. I want them to feel the excitement, angst and joy of my characters. I want to be there for the reader.
I want to be there. With. My. Words.
My heart knew months ago my current WIP would never be the next installment of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series. My brain finally caught up and accepted that truth last week.
And so, I began again. The words are flowing. Fast and furious. The story excites. The joy of writing is back.
Protecting Hope will be released this spring.
What are you afraid of?
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