Wednesday, December 3, 2014

IWSG: Fuzzy Blanket and Capabilities

 
 
It's been a month since my last Insecure Writer's Support Group post (haha, this feels like a confession). Thank you to Alex Cavanaugh and his co-hosts for making this group event happen every month.

My insecurity is a rollover from last month. It's about writing something other than my Indigo Eady Paranormal Mystery series, which is basically like a warm, fuzzy blanket to me. It's switching from characters I know and love so well, to characters I don't quite know yet. It's about switching from pre-teen/teen to adult novels.

I feel like I'm ready to step up my game, but not at all sure that I'm actually capable of doing it.

This is my confession!

On a higher note, this is a good time for new beginnings. I'm already setting goals to release the new book by next December. Yikes!

What is your current insecurity?

38 comments:

  1. After I finished my trilogy, I had to write a series to short stories to help me refocus on different characters and story lines. I'm sure you'll rock this challenge Gwen.

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    1. That's a good idea, Donna. I might have to try that!

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  2. Getting Killer Stilettos and Combat Boots done are my insecurities. So many bad computer things happened in 2014.

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    1. Just the titles themselves are intriguing, Shelly! I'd pick them up just for that. LOL. Good luck, you can do it!

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  3. I can relate. That's how I felt when writing Dragon, leaving the Cassa world behind. Tried to make it grittier, but that just didn't happen. I'm sure you'll do much better!

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    1. Yeah, Alex, I'm not sure I can do gritty, either. I think I just need to take it slow and not try to rush it so I don't fall back into my cozy corner. LOL!

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  4. It sounds scary but also very exciting! I'm sure you'll be great at diving into..no creating another world and all the wonderful characters that inhabit it.

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    1. It's creating another world that's intimidating, Corona! It's going to take awhile, I think :)

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  5. Ha. It did sound like a confession! Funny. And wow… big changes, Gwen… exciting though. It's crazy how much we learn when we take those leaps. I'm excited for you!

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    1. It is a big step, Morgan! I feel, I don't know. Inadequate? Yeah, that's it. LOL.

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  6. I have to write an adult novel within the fashion industry for my freelance work.I had only planned to do the plot but the customer loved it so much she now wants me to do the novel too. I will but it is a new territory for me. Just do it Gwen, you will have an adventure and I will hopefully not have a coronary trying to write a Scandal/Devil Meets Prada/Original Work novel for oh so special customer who wants to kill me. Love her, I have to, I'm getting paid.

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    1. Are you a ghost writer, Sheena-Kay? Now that sounds daunting, too. Good luck!

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  7. Oh, you and I are in direct opposition - kind of. I have ditched my series in favour of new projects. Mostly because it's not making me feel warm and fuzzy though; it's driving me mad or making me yawn. Neither is good. Maybe I'll go back... those characters deserve closure. But not while I'm feeling like this. Change is challenge, and challenge is good. The thrill for me is falling love with new characters all the time, I think I need that thrill. :)

    Best of luck!

    shahwharton.com

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    1. Haha, Shah! You say "ditched" and I'm clinging to a "warm, fuzzy blanket." I guess I really don't like change and almost always have to be forced into it.

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  8. Trying to switch to a new story and new characters can be difficult. Eventually though you'll love these new characters as much as your other ones. :)

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    1. Chrys, I think I will love the new characters eventually. It might take awhile, though.

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  9. It is hard to change direction but once you get the hang of it it will come so do 3 hail Mary's (hahaha) and then get the feel of your new characters:)

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    1. Haha! Only 3 hail Marys? I can do that!

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  10. You can do it. It must be very exciting to try out something new.

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  11. You can do it! Try looking at it as an exciting opportunity to learn and to grow. You're expanding your comfort zone. :)

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    1. But *snivel* I'm already comfortable! LOL.

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  12. It does take awhile to get to know knew characters. It usually takes me 1/2 a book. Backworlds is my cozy place. Yet I don't seem to be writing it like gangbusters either.

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    1. Half a book? Yeah, I can sort of remember that from my first book. It took awhile to find the characters voices. Then you have to go back and spruce up the first half to match the second half. Thanks, Mary! I sort of feel better after that reminder.

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  13. I get that feeling. It's hard for me to work on anything else but my main WIP because I'm so attached to the characters. And it takes a lot of time to flesh out new characters so that they feel real.

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    1. We're in the same boat, Sarah. I love my series characters. They're like my kids. I can't give them up, but I need to work on this new series, too. *sigh*

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  14. Leaving the comfort zone is always scary! But it brings a new excitement when we do something new, at least for me :) Good luck getting to know your new characters!

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    1. Thanks, Genissa! I just really need to buckle down and start getting close to them. LOL.

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  15. Good luck with your new project! I tend to switch genres a lot (except stay within MG/YA), but I find each time I do, I grow as a writer and learn something new. I think it it's not a little bit scary, you're not challenging yourself enough.

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    1. I haven't completely switched genres, paranormal to fantasy-ish isn't such a big leap. But yeah, I'm sure it's good for me :)

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  16. Right now I'm free of insecurities. I hope it lasts well into the new year. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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  17. That's a great one! I mean, I wish you didn't have it, but I can relate to starting a new genre and not knowing if/how well you'll be able to pull it off :). Hoping all the best for you and your novels!
    Ninja Girl

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    1. Thanks, Ninja Girl. I guess we all gotta go through it :D

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  18. You're an awesome writer. I have no doubt the new one will be fantastic! :)

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  19. Everyone experiences this insecurity at some point, I think. (I know I have!) New things are always scary, after all. Luckily, those worries are usually for nothing, in the end! :)

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  20. I understand what you're saying. Getting acquainted with those new folks is work, but kind of exciting, too.

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  21. I am trying my hand at a YA and having the same fears. I'm used to adults, ya know?

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