It’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post to boost my confidence and encourage myself to engage with the writing community. The IWSG post on the first Wednesday of every month.
Happy New Year, everyone! I’m starting off 2019 on a high after receiving some great news. My short story ‘Sea of Sorrows’ was selected to be part of the IWSG anthology Masquerade: Oddly Suited! I’m absolutely thrilled and so excited to see my work published (although I am slightly scared about the fact people will now read my work. Eek!)
Signing the contract and sending an author photo and short bio has been a surreal experience! This has given me such a confidence boost as I rarely have the courage to enter competitions. I’m so grateful to the admins and judges for organising the competition and to Dancing Lemur Press for putting together the anthology. I’m also looking forward to getting to know the other authors who will be featured (see the list here). Exciting times ahead!
My Writing Goals for 2019
After that lovely surprise, I now feel spurred on to write more this year. My main goals for 2019 are:
- Finish the first draft of my science-fantasy novel.
- Start editing my novel.
- Enter some more short-story competitions (I’m aiming for 5).
- Share more poetry and flash fiction on my blog.
- Make some more online friends in the writing community.
What are your favourite and least favourite questions people ask you about your writing?
I don’t get many questions about my writing, mainly because I’m quite private about it offline. I like it when people ask questions about the things that inspire me-mythology, folklore, philosophy, science, psychology and nature. I can talk about those topics for hours!
I also like answering questions about my characters and fictional worlds. I typically spend A LOT of time on the world-building and only a fraction of that work ends up in the finished piece, so I love explaining the complexities of my magic system, the history of a civilisation or the backstory of one of my minor characters.
One of my least favourite questions is “do you make any money from your writing?” I don’t enjoy having to explain that sometimes I make a little, but obviously not enough to live on and it’s unlikely I’m going to become a bestselling author and make a lavish fortune. Money is not at all what motivates me to write, so I kind of squirm at those type of questions.
Being quite the procrastinator, I also dread questions like “when will it be finished?” or “how long will it take?” as usually I have no idea. It’s like asking “how long is a piece of string?” I can give you a rough idea of when I will reach my goal word count. But the story itself will be finished when it’s finished!
What about you?
What are your goals for 2019? What are your favourite and least favourite writing questions?