Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Insecure Writer's Support Group...
Wow, is it the first Wednesday of the month already? I almost forgot!! Glad I didn't.
If you don't know what the IWSG is by now, you can still find the information over at our Ninja Captain's blog. Click here.
I'm torn between two topics this time around. So I think I will go with the one I have seen the most about these days.
As authors and writers, published or unpublished, we all have an inner secret desire. We look great on paper. We answer the repetitive questions over and over with rehearsed answers. We don't want to look like we're desperate, greedy or vain. We don't want to seem as if we might be jealous or envious of our successful colleagues. We don't want to lose a possible fan or a good review.
So what is this inner desire I speak of? We all want to be SOMEONE. We want to stick out of the crowd. We want our stories to be told, yes. Of course we love to write for the sake of writing! We are absolutely addicted to the written word. We put ourselves through so much to become published and we're totally devastated when we aren't.
But what happens after we get published?
Some books seem to just pop right out at you and have TONS of rave reviews. You go to the author's blog and they have a couple thousand followers, they're talking about all the fan mail they get and their website. Woo! To die for. We friend them on FaceBook and stalk them on Twitter. They're on the bestseller list.
But doesn't a small part of you wish that your book was that successful? Don't you want that kind of fame?
I have to admit, I have visions of fame dance in my head now and then. It is a basic human desire to want to become immortalized. Why do you think women strive to look younger as they get older? The fascination with vampires and wanting to BE a vampire. (There are people out there who state they are vampires in real life...) All the cosmetic surgery and scientific breakthroughs to live forever, what's it all about? It is about individualization, immortality.
We all want our books to be popular, overnight sensations and yes, even best sellers. We dream of them being turned into movies and making millions.
And you know what? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that! Everyone dreams.
But when you find yourself unhappy with second best... stop. Breathe. Take a look back down that road you just traveled. What really is more important?
Getting your story out there and having it be loved by a total stranger as much as you love it and loved writing it?
Depending on what you have written, don't you want your story to help someone? To change a small part of their life? Because, quite frankly, it is the people you have affected in your life that immortalizes you. They pass your story on to their friends and family and so on and THAT is how you live forever.