It’s time for the seventh IWSG of the year. The year sure has picked up speed and is flying past swiftly. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online group of writers that posts on the first Wednesday of every month. This amazing and awesome group was started by the adorable Alex Cavanaugh – Author of Amazon bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. In blogoland Alex is known as Ninja Captain. I have decided to give Alex another name- Super A (as it’s my birthday month, I know he will forgive me).
IWSG is a cool place to hangout online for writers. We can talk of our writing worries, fears, doubts, insecurities and anxieties and help, support, advice and encourage each other. Check the IWSG website for awesome writing tips.
For this month’s IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) post I was unable to choose my Insecurity because currently there are two insecurities fighting with each other to occupy my mind space. Yes, my insecurities not just trouble me, they even trouble each other.
My first insecurity is lack of time for the first 10 days of this month. I have family obligations to fulfil, so I know that my writing will definitely take a backseat during these ten days.
But, the main insecurity this month is that I am unable to say goodbye to an old manuscript. This particular story was very close to my heart. I made the mistake of querying too fast for it. Many of the agents I queried for this manuscript asked me to send another MS and a few asked me to keep them in mind when I queried another book. Though I have gone on to write a few more books after that particular MS, I often revert to it and try to make it better in whichever way I can.
I know that as a writer I shouldn’t linger on any one particular book and should write as many as I can. But, I just am not able to say goodbye to that particular story. I tweaked it last week for the hundredth time. Sometimes, I feel I am wasting my time polishing a story that has no takers. But, honestly I am helpless. There is a strange attraction to it.
I would love to know if this has happened to you all. Has a particular manuscript refused to let go of you? Have you clung on to a particular story inspite of having moved on to other stories? Deep down do you harbour a wee bit of hope that the particular manuscript will finally get published?