Friday, June 5, 2015

IWSG, Shaking in My Boots


Its my first confession via the Insecure Writer's Support Group conceived by illustrious Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh!

Okay, so I have been visiting and reading these Wednesday posts for months. I have to say I really did like feeling like I was not the only one who struggled with freak outs and worries.  I never really thought I had any reason to post myself...I have it all handled, right?

Uh...not so much. 

Right now I am struggling so much with confidence. I had no idea that writing a true trilogy...books with a continuing story line and ever growing characters could be so intimidating. Can I I do it? Am I smart enough? Organized enough? Will my brain explode before this is over? Ahhhh!

All that angst translates into me hiding and not reaching out and blogging or commenting. I know...I KNOW that keeping in touch with other writers is so important. So I decided to take the plunge and join the IWSG.  

So..."Hi, y'all." *waves nervously*

15 comments:

Cherie Reich said...

Welcome to IWSG! Writing a trilogy is tough. I'm in the progress of working on one, and although I know where it goes, there are definitely lots of insecurities. Sometimes reading some trilogies can be helpful. Good luck!

Zan Marie said...

Welcome, Raquel! I'm a newbie--I think this is my third month. I don't think I have much in the way help, but I have *four* books in a continuing storyline that I'm working on. Polishing book 1 for querying is scary. Good luck!

Kali Delamagente said...

Hi Rachel! You sound like 90% of the writers I know so you should feel absolutely comfortable.

Sylvia Ney said...

Welcome to a great group! I look forward to sharing and learning with you.

Sylvia
http://writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You can do it! That you are worried about it means that you will pay close attention to the details to get it right.
And never hold back from reaching out to this online community of writers. We are here to help one another.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

AND - welcome to the IWSG!

Gwen Gardner said...

Welcome to the IWSG, where we're all insecure so you don't need to feel alone. Chances are, whatever you're insecurity is, someone in this group has been there. I've not written a trilogy, only a series using the same characters, but I can see how keeping the characters straight would be difficult. Just stay organized, maybe keep a character profile for each character and which books they're in?

Murees Dupé said...

Welcome to IWSG! I know I definitely struggle with confidence too. But it passes after a few days and then I know I can do things. I definitely think you can write that trilogy. You're made of awesome. Thank you for your encouraging words on my blog.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Welcome to the IWSG. It's good to have you with us.

Think of the trilogy as one big story. You have your outline and maybe a timeline. You have organized it and know the character arcs. Don't let the fact it is three books scare you. It's just one story and you can follow it from beginning to end without losing anything or forgetting something along the way.

dolorah said...

Welcome Raquel. (this is Donna Hole, btw, hiding under a new blog name)

I know what you mean about writing a series being so much organizing and note taking. While writing my second book in the trilogy, I had to go back and create a document with notes for important dates and events: birthdays, relationships, life changing experiences, minor/major fears/flaws/quirks, backstory. Gads, it was a lot of work. But kept the progression on track. I'm sure you will do fine with this, you have written several stand alone books so know how to complete a single story plot. The benefit to a series is you don't have to re-invent character sketches and backstory to keep moving forward.

Confidence is something I struggle with too. I get so far into an idea, and worry it just isn't interesting enough to anyone else. It is good to acknowledge that fear, put it out there, and get support from a group such as IWSG. We will be here for you :)

Raquel Byrnes said...

You're all so encouraging and have such great advice. What I'm hearing is calm down...be organized...solider on. Got it!

A special shout out to Murees Dupe who thinks I'm "made of awesome"... LOL, love it!

Samantha Dunaway Bryant said...

I'm working on a sequel myself right now . . .and I don't know how long the eventual series might be. Whew! It has been a challenge, keeping track of all the details from book one so I don't contradict myself in book 2. I ended up making a descriptive outline after the fact and some detailed character sheets to help keep me organized, even though I'm a pantser when it comes to plot.

Stephanie Faris said...

Oddly, the more you write and get rejected, the more confidence you have. It's weird that way. You have to somehow just tell yourself each word you write is getting you one step closer, which is a lot easier said than done!

Cherie Colyer said...

Hi, Raquel! Welcome to the group. Stephanie is right. We grow as writers the more we write and put ourselves out there. Good luck to you on your trilogy. You can do it, so don't give up.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Same here, Raquel. I've visited and commented so often on other blogs in the Insecure Writers group but hadn't been a part of it myself for awhile. Good luck with your trilogy!