Happy November! Gee whiz there are a lot of book birthdays this month! I love it! My birthday and anniversary is this month too. And then there's Thanksgiving ... and some big writing thing happening called NaNo ... lol
Who's doing NaNo??
I'm doing it this year, but unofficially. I'm rewriting an adult thriller I wrote a few years ago called The 49th Parallel, but as a young adult thriller. It's a complete rewrite from third person to first person, and the characters are getting a complete makeover as teens. I think it'll work better this way and it should be a lot of fun. The plot is already mapped out, it's just a matter of reworking it all.
And as for the first day of November yesterday, I got exactly zero words down. lol But you know that's what happens when Hubby has the same day off as I do. Sheesh. ;)
So as for the ol' insecurity all writers feel, I think unless you're Steven King or JK Rowling or someone like that, it's inevitable. The main way to gain security is to keep writing, in my opinion. I love going back to an old story that I thought was just the cat's meow, and cringing when I reread it. Um ... yeah. Love that. But ...
With each new story I grow as a writer.
Another way I grow more secure in my writing is by reading writing guides. I devour them. After I write a story, I let it simmer for awhile and read one of my fave writing guides, or find a new one. Right now I'm into reading stuff on structure. But check out my writing guide list on my blog page titled WRITER'S BOOKSHELF. It has a list of my fave guides that have helped me so so much.
For more on the Insecure Writer's Support Group, which is welcome to all to join, click on pic below.
Tell me, what's your fave writing guide and why?