It’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group founded by writer and ninja Alex. J. Cavanaugh
Life is too short. And there is so much to do, so why would you fill it with things you didn’t enjoy and didn’t have to do?
I’m always reading stuff about how witches and vampires are so over and no one is reading that type of book anymore. So I’ve been trying to write other things and trying is the word because I have never got very far.
Life really is too short though and recently I read a post by Dyane Forde the author of Purple Morrow, her first book, which made me realise that there is absolutely no point putting time and effort in to a story that I don’t believe in. Especially when there is no guarantee that anyone will read it anyway.
So, life is too short and if I’m not enjoying my hobby there’s no point doing it anymore, is there?
A few weeks ago I dusted off the first draft of the witches and vampire book. I was ruthless. Scenes were cut down like leaves, unnecessary characters were left for dead and by the end I had a structured outline at my fingertips. Then I started to write. In first person, which I know is an acquired taste but I’m doing it for me now. And I love being back in Morgaine’s head and I love seeing her world, and I am so excited about where I am going to take her (yes, there will be sequels because my big dreams haven’t quite been quashed.)
And with Camp NANO now in progress there’s no reason not to get the rewrites/revisions done while I’m in the zone.
I also know feel that I have a story that I can use to help me build my brand, something else which has me lying awake in a cold sweat and night.
Of course the test is will I stay the distance? I’m excited now but can I stick to my plan? Let’s give it a go. Life’s too short and if you don’t try now you’ll never know, right? What does everyone else do? Are you fans of market research or do you write what you love?