Wednesday, 5 September 2012

A Picture of Insecurity

It's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post. This month I'm insecure about this (or this if you're outside the UK). It took me ten years from start to finish so maybe it's not that surprising that I hesitated a moment or two before finally pressing the 'publish' button, but having found the nerve to do that, I probably should do more than whisper the fact. I'm not at all sure why I'm finding harder to promote this one than I did with the previous novel.

On the plus side, I no longer feeling nervous about having a go in a few competitions (something which slightly scared me to begin with). I might have a go at this poetry one. If I can get something together in time I'm definitely trying this short story competition. I've already sent something to this one, but as we're allowed up to three entries I'm going to send in a couple more. Maybe I'll even manage something for this one.

Are you ever nervous about things you feel shouldn't really bother you? Or maybe you're now more confident about something that used to bother you.

32 comments:

  1. I know the feeling! I try to convince myself that the only folk who aren't in the slightest bit nervous when their books are published are those who haven't a clue how to write. :)

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  2. Writing and Insecurity seem to go hand in hand! Good luck with the competitions x

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    1. Yes, Teresa - I think it's normal to feel insecure at least some of the time.

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  3. You should shout to the world about your new book!
    I thought I'd be more stressed about my third book, but as I edit, I'm not feeling it. Whatever happens, I'll know I gave it my best shot.

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    1. Maybe I'll be more confident with the next one, Alex. In the meantime - I'VE PUBLISHED ANOTHER BOOK!!!! (was that better?)

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  4. Great picture!

    And, yes, shout about your new book! :)

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    1. The picture was teken when I visited my brother's boat, Linda. I'm even more nervous on wobbly gangways than I am behind a keyboard!

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  5. You shout out loud and strong and make noise about your amazing achievements lovely Patsy! Yay! Take care
    x

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    1. Usually I do, Kitty - perhaps it's because this book took so long to write that it's harder to let it free?

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  6. My insecurities go up and down. Some days I feel confident and the next day some minor change can happen and I find myself doubting everything. I think it's awesome you've published your books, it's a great accomplishment.

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    1. Elise, mine go up and down too. Maybe that's normal as well?

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  7. You may feel insecure on the inside Patsy, but to me you seem the most confident writer around, and so you should be. Well done with all you have achieved.

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    1. Sometimes I am confident, Maggie - and sometimes it's a front.

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  8. Many of us may feel insecure - few are brave enough to admit it. Even seasoned writers/actors/lecturers feel nervous and insecure. I was told once that feeling insecure wasn't a bad thing but that complacency was. I can still remember how I felt when I gave my first talk. Each time I practised in front of a family member I was completely mute. I took Bach Rescue Remedy for a week before the 'big' night. A young friend who came with me, described it as 'ffing' brilliant as we climbed into the car to go home. The next talk I gave was a breeze.

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    1. Penelope, I'll take comfort in the fact that I'm brave enough to admit I'm not very brave!

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  9. I think I'll be insecure every time I put my writing out for the world to see. I just can't let it stop me from doing it. Clearly your insecurities don't stop you either, and that's what matters. Best of luck with your books! I have a book series I've been trying to perfect for 13 years (though I started them when I was 13 years old, so there's no way I could have done in well enough in the first draft). I plan to return to it within the next year, and I can only imagine how difficult it will be to part with that one. You've given me some hope that it can be done.

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  10. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier today. Congrats on your new book- that's a big accomplishment. I think feelings of uncertainty are always normal, especially for writers. But don't let those feelings overshadow the feeling of accomplishment that you should have.

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    1. Cynthia, I am pleased to have it out there - but a touch nervous too.

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  11. Hi Patsy, be insecure no more, your interview is on my blog, hopefully everyone will download it. I'm going to, not saying how long it'll take me to read though as my kindle is on the computer. Good luck with it, thanks for the competition links.

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    1. I have a huge reading list too - someone needs to invent extra reading time!

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  12. I think my insecurity lives on a see-saw. Up and down, up and down. Go shout your book from the rooftops.

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  13. I completely understand your reticence, Patsy. Promotion is such a necessary evil if we're published in ebook form and I definitely had to start ignoring my reluctance, although it's happening again at the moment. But if you're proud of your book, shout it out! Thanks for the links - I've already entered a couple of them but will check out the Ben Fran one.

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    1. Good luck with the comps, Rosemary. (I'll work on being braver)

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  14. As a shouter, I definitely think you should be SHOUTING about your new novel. You done it once, your fans will be expecting something else... and you don't want them to miss it, do you????

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    1. No, I don't want anyone who'd like to read the book to miss out, Annalisa.

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  15. I think you're always going to worry and panic, just before hitting that publish button, it's part of being a writer ;)

    Good luck honey, I know it's going to be a huge sucess :)

    Xx

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  16. Now that I've sent my babies out into the world, I'm afraid they will be made fun of. That's nerve wracking but it really shouldn't bother me. I write because I love it.

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  17. There's always something new to worry about, Clarissa! I wonder if those with several best sellers out are concerned they won't be able to keep up with reader's expectations?

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