Can you believe it’s 2014 already??? Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the first post for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group for this year.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
And if you’d like to read about other IWSG members, you can see a list of participants here.
So right now I’m working on a new novel. I started this novel very reluctantly last May. I’d been “seeing” the main character for quite some time but didn’t know who she was or what story she would belong to. I just knew that, whoever she was, she was very sad. So imagine my surprise when I’m sitting under the hair dryer at a beauty salon and a little girl goes running past me with a page she’d torn out of a coloring book. I didn’t see the picture. Only streaks of blues and reds, and all of a sudden, I see the sad lady’s nemesis; a beautiful socialite wearing a multi-colored party dress, running across the floor of a sprawling mansion to cover up this horrible crime she’d committed.
I outlined the novel, and I’ve been sitting on that outline for over 7 months! Why so reluctant? Because for some crazy reason I keep trying to limit my creativity. You see, my last novel was speculative fiction (one of my readers said she could even see it as horror!), and for some reason I thought that my next novel should be something along those lines. And this novel, without giving too much away for fear of pissing off my muse, involves something life shattering that happens to a woman named Lisa. I thought the novel was too “normal.” No magical realism? Pish posh!
So why have I been fighting against writing this book when, out of all the stories swimming around my head, it’s clearly the most ready? Because I didn’t trust myself. I kept telling myself that I should be writing a certain kind of thing, but Lisa clearly has other plans for me!
And I’m glad I listened to my gut. Even though this story takes place in a “normal” world, there are a lot of twists and turns that I think readers will enjoy and I’m having fun writing it.
So what about you? Have you ever had a story nagging at you that you were afraid to write? Why were you afraid and how did you handle it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!