It's time to share insecurities, achievements, and court the support of the like-minded. Or, well, it's time for another Insecure Writers' Support Group, that amazing once-monthly internet gathering of writers sharing their trials and successes in an effort to let us all know that we aren't alone.
I have to say, this group has been a major help for me. It has forced me, in some pretty dark hours, to think of my writing. i have never wanted to abandon it, but there have been some life challenges that made me face some massive self-doubt demons.
So, if you have any demons whispering in your ears, check out the list at Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog: here.
This month, however, I have a major success to share. I signed up for camp nano and picked a half-formed, hastily outlined novel to write for it.
I finished. At 50,300 some odd words, I won the July nano! This is big. As many of my previous posts for IWSG have expanded upon, I have been having a ton of issues "finishing" things, so this is a big step in the right direction.
It feels really good to have a shiny new rough draft for the first time in years.
But now the new worry is: I wrote it in a month, how can it be any good?
I'm almost done with my first read-through, and I'm compiling notes on where to expand, where to increase tension and how to build the characters better. But it is going to go to critiquers as well... so we'll see. I'm at once both hopeful and horrified.