It's time again! Be sure to stop by the list and check out all the other awesome IWSG posts for May at Alex J. Cavenaugh's blog, here.
So what have I been insecure about this month? Well, despite being sick twice in the past month and suffering from crazy allergies, I've been doing pretty well. I am working on the main WIP, and while the progress has been slow, it has been continual. Also, I have been working on what I had hoped to be a novella, but which a friend recently glanced over and critiqued.
Based on his comments I think it will be a novel. *sobs*
So perhaps that is my main insecurity: brevity. I just don't seem to have it. I try to keep thing short and they end up these long pieces. At least there's no way Dezzy will end up as long as Silver Mask.
Silver Mask, the main WIP is definitely epic. But, I think if I give myself time to work on the other story I can be patient with Silver Mask's slow going. Here's hoping!
Secondary Insecurity: writing romantic scenes. I dread them. I am thinking this month of trying a few exercises to challenge myself in this regard. If I can somehow master the "date scene" perhaps I can breeze through these scenes with the same tenacity and dedication I do with the rest of my projects. Instead, these scenes tend to make me feel like I'm pushing through waist-high mud.
I become way too conscious of this or that part of the scene--even as I'm writing them--and that little voice in the back of my head is screaming "Bad! Bad! Bad!" But I barrel on through, and try to tell myself I can fix it in the revision.
I guess it can all be fixed in the revision. *Crossing fingers*
So, with luck, this month the "short" novel I'm calling Dezzy for now (My WIPs tend to take on character names/nicknames until they have their own title that Just Sticks, and then I know it's the right one) will be done by the end of the month, or nearly so.