Ok so sometimes I think I read way too much writing advice than I should, because then I get all paranoid that I am doing everything wrong so I stop, I reverse, I start from scratch again only to read another article giving the opposite opinion and advice so again, I stop, I reverse, I start again. The reality is that I never went to school for writing. I have no effing clue what I'm doing or the "right" way to go about it. I read writing books and they are great but when it comes time to execute I can't remember what they said to do.
I just read an article that said something to the extent that your query will get thrown into the "no thanks" pile because agents and editors can spot an amateur within the first few lines of your story, if your trying too hard. Gah! Was I trying too hard? I don't know... Maybe... Crap! That article also said not to ... I thumbed through a book this morning that talked about idea debt and how having too many ideas can make your work suffer because you don't know which one to go with. Fudge sticks up a fudge tree. I have been typing up all my half finished ideas so I could have everything on my computer, am I just finding another way to procrastinate? Probably.
The idea of setting aside all my half written story ideas and starting something new from scratch is intimidating. It's like meeting someone new and slowly peeling back their layers. It took me seven years to develop all the plotlines and twists and personalities and quirks for my first query worthy book. I am a writing sloth. I know what I need to do. There are options. Join a writing group. Find a mentor. Enroll in a class where I can get feedback. Am I freaking out any of you peoplephobes yet? Yeah... Me too. But it must be done. Must? Crap. Am I trying too hard again?
I salute you all my fellow writers. Published or not, writing is hard. Luckily, we are all badasses so I don't think that's going to stop us.
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