IWSG | September

Hello and welcome to my first Insecure Writers’ Support Group post!

A little about me: I’m a published author of speculative fiction romance, and winner of a PRISM and a SFR Galaxy Award. Which is enough reason to be perfectly secure, yet I’m not.

Partly because I don’t think writers are terribly secure as a rule, but also because depression lies. Especially about your self worth. It erodes your confidence.

My last story published was back in 2015. Writing has been sporadic since. 2016 was a year from hell. I’m slowly, slowly learning to write again.

Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn’t think you’d be comfortable in?

ARCHANGEL surprised me repeatedly. I started writing it for Script Frenzy, with a single scene in my head. And it just poured out. There was no outline, barely any plotting, just a character that I’d partly stole. Gabe turned out to be one of the gobbiest characters I’ve ever shared my head with!

I wasn’t sure I’d be comfortable writing ARCHANGEL as it was my first venture into urban fantasy. It’s a modern day story (as opposed to faux Victorian or space-based) and it’s set in L.A.: somewhere I’ve been once for the sum of a weekend. All praise Google Maps for helping me out massively. Something must have gone right, though, because ARCHANGEL Β is the novella I won a PRISM for…

But writing often surprises me. That’s to do with pantsing and having no real idea what I’m writing. A dear, departed friend called it “organic writing.” I’m not sure that’s a real term, but it suffices.

11 thoughts to “IWSG | September”

  1. Gobbiest – I love that! I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been dealing with some tough obstacles. I have a family member that goes through depression so I can relate on some level. It can be a tough road so I’m happy to hear that things are improving for you and I hope they continue to do so.

    Welcome to the IWSG! Enjoy the rest of your week!

  2. Welcome to the IWSG! Hmm, if we were a secure bunch, we’d have to be called SWSG. πŸ™‚

    I’m with you on writing often being surprising. I’m planning more than I used to, but I’m still surprised at what spills forth from my weird imagination. πŸ™‚

  3. Welcome! I did my second post today. I can relate to your description of depression – I refer to it, to some extent, in today’s post, and it is inherent in the theme of my debut novel (still a WIP). I enjoyed your thoughts on surprises.

  4. I like “organic writing”. It’ll sprout scenarios and characters of its own volition if you water it carefully (ie writing every day). I hope you can get back into a place where the writing will flow again.

  5. 2016 was most definitely the year from hell. I’ll let that hang in the air for a second. So far, 2017 is shaping up to be a nasty pile of 2016’s excrement, but the year is still young. You never know what the future holds. We’re all just pantsing our way through this, right? In any case, congrats on getting something published in 2015. Hope the depression issue lifts a bit for you moving forward. Keep writing, and thanks for the post. πŸ™‚

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