This post is August’s Insecure Writers Support Group post. A group created byAlex Cavanaugh. You can find sign up details by clicking on the link. You will also find a list of other bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. Once a month we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for our fellow writers. If you write, it’s a great one post a month, group to join in with.
This month I’m going through the “What the hell made me think I could possibly do this” phase.
Yes, I’ve proved to myself that with determination and effort I can put my seat in the bum and complete a novel. Part of being a writer is also making sure you read and I’ve been doing that. And this is where I’m starting to get anxious. I’ve read some absolutely outstanding books recently and I’m not just talking about in my own genre – of which I have read some outstanding books – but every book I seem to pick up is wonderful in its own right. The author has shown their skill when they weave together great characters, with plot and setting and does it with such wonderful prose. How on this Earth, did I possibly get it into my head that I could join them in the ranks of publication?
I’m doing everything I can to make myself better. I’m reading as much as I can and I’m doing it as a writer. I’m sitting down at my desk to write and edit at every opportunity and the amount of time I am able to do this has increased. I’ve bought myself a book on punctuation to make sure I fully understand all the rules. I am doing what I can. I am driven. I just hope it will be enough one day, because right now, I feel a little bit like an amoebae swimming with the whales.
What do you do to improve as you write?