Wednesday, November 7, 2012



Insecure Writer's Support Group - Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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This is my first time participating in IWSG! Since I have lots of anxieties that revolve around writing, I figured I crawl out of my shell and share a few of them.

My current anxtiey: I am afraid my Sulan sequel will suck. I've had so much positive response to the first book in the series that I am afraid of disappointing my readers with the next installment. I completed the first draft of the second novel last November during Nano, but I am afraid to finish it and publish it.

There! I've said it! I am afraid.

I am dealing with the fear by writing another book, which I hope to have published in the next few months. Maybe by the time I get that one out into the world, I will find my courage and saddle up for the second Sulan book.

23 comments:

  1. Camille, as a future beta reader I WILL NOT let you publish a book that isn't up to scratch. Not that I think Sulan book 2 will be anything but amazing. It's hard to follow up something that's been successful, just look at all the one hit wonders out there, but you never know if you don't try. And from the view point of your fans, we just want to know what happens next!

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  2. As co-host for Alex, I welcome you to IWSG.

    We all experience the feeling you have described. The best thing to do is continue to move forward. You are luckier than most, it sounds like you have the support of you beta reader. These guys and your critique partners are invaluable! Best of luck in your future endeavours!

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  3. You have options. Don't work on the book, and it will never get published. Or pull it out and bury yourself in the story, making sure it does not suck. It's your call. But, your fear can make you strong.

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  4. Good luck with your writing, I am sure that as long as you stay true to yourself, your readers will follow.

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  5. Welcome to IWSG. I think your fear is shared by anyone launching a sequel. You don't want to disappoint your readers, characters, or yourself. Give it a few rounds of beta readers and see what happens. You might be worried over nothing, and you can always edit.

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  6. I think we all have those moments when we look at what we're working on and have to ask ourselves if what we're doing is going to be up to snuff. But that fear can be a good thing. It can be motivational if you learn to use it, to burn it like fuel instead of running from it like a wildfire. Use that pressure to keep your butt in the chair, rather than keeping your head down.

    You can do it! Good luck!

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  7. I'm new to the IWSG too. I understand your fears. Just do the best work that you can. That's all we can do. And then turn it over to someone else so that they can look more objectively at it.

    I wish you the best of luck with your sequel Camille.

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  8. Hello from IWSG. Your work sound amazing! I've gotta read (hands out in a gimme, gimme gesture). I love the idea of the Asian influences. I've found that if I'm not in the right place to work on a story, it's best to listen to that feeling. I think you probably did the right thing by moving on to work on another book, maybe once you're done your subconscious will be ready for the sequel :) Best of luck!

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  9. So glad you joined IWSG. I have your fears too-I'm working on a new novel and terrified it just won't be good enough. But I keep moving forward slowly and hope you will too. All the best!

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  10. No matter how many books you write, you'll always have those insecurities. Embrace them, because they'll make you a better writer in the long run.

    Welcome to the IWSG.

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  11. Seems to me your fears are reasonable. I don't know an author who hasn't felt that way about their second novel. I certainly did. But really deep down inside, you know your wrote a book that means a lot to you. Why wouldn't your passion shine through and make the second one even better than the first? I'm betting you did.

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  12. It's a reasonable fear, but the fact you care means something. I bet people will love book 2. Don't give up. Polish it and get it out there. :)

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  14. Hi Camille, and welcome to the IWSG. I'm a new follower via the bloghop (#40). Man, I so could've written your post today. I'm in the same boat. My first book just launched and I'm working on the first draft of the sequel and I'm worried it'll not be as good, or too much of the same, or I won't know how to tie it back into the first. So many, many things. But if we did it once, we can do it again. Plus, we know so much more this time around, right? I figure I'll just duplicate the process from book 1 and work super hard, just like the first time. We can do it!!

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  15. So glad you joined the group! Wow, your second book...you should be so proud. :) But you can't let the fear take hold of you. You have to put your trust and faith in yourself and your writing.

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  16. Camille, great post:) I can totally relate, there IS so much stage fright with the next book! You've already received tons of great feedback and support. The only thing I can say is, for me, thinking about writing and not writing, are two different beasts:) And the only thing that silences all the noise the thinking about writing beast makes for me, is writing! But, yeah ...the quaky feelings...

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  17. Glad to have you in the group! And it's completely understandable to be worried about book two. I think a sequel is one of the hardest things to write because there is more riding on it, but there comes a point where you have to get book two out there. :)

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  18. Welcome to IWSG! This is a very safe place to be and we're all nice - no worries! We can all relate in someway! :)

    I have fear too! Fear that my writing won't be good enough for my potential readers. With this said, just have faith in yourself and continue writing no matter how afraid you are. Don't give up!

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  19. I'm a new follower from IWSG! All of us are afraid our writing won't be good enough. We revise a zillion times and still aren't sure. It's hard to know if it's best to just put it out there or listen to that niggling doubt and let it rest before starting revision number zillion-and-one. Good luck with both the books you're working on. :-)

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  20. It's NOT going to suck. I can't wait for it so I hope you can get over your fear soon. I totally understand your fear, though. :)

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  21. Hey, you know I'm in your corner and I won't let you fail! Besides, you've got to get it past me first, lol. ;)

    But, you make a good point about how super scary it is to write that second book in a series you fear won't live up to the first one. I might not have had that experience yet, but I can sympathize because it makes sense. After all, how many Book 2's have I read that felt like the dragging middle?

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  22. Hi Camille!

    I wandered over from IWSG. Welcome!

    It sounds like you've hit on the best way to tackle the fear of writing: write through the fear! No matter what, just keep writing. The fear of failure won't go away. We all care terribly what people think of our words. But as long as you don't give into the fear and write afraid, you'll triumph!

    Cheers,
    Jen

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  23. Well, welcome to the group! I understand what it means to fear falling short, but you shouldn't allow your fear to take control of your writing. You can only get better with every word you write, so don't fear. Have faith in you! =)

    Good luck!

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