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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group (3)

Congratulations Alex!
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Happy 2nd Birthday IWSG ;)

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!  Posting is first Wednesday of every month. Click here for more info.

Hmmm... 
If there ever was a month for me to feel completely insecure, I have to say, it would be this one. Why? Well, because this is month in which I release my debut novel. Yikes. 

I mean, I am excited and happy, but I'm also scared out of my pants (let's not try to visualize this). And now the pressure is on to keep writing and to come up with more books. Like, whole books! How on earth to do that? At least with the first one, there was no pressure because no one knew what I was doing. But I have this nagging feeling that it just wont be the same anymore. 

So the unknown is scary. The fact that my work is going to be out there for others to read is scary. But you know what? At least now I know that I can do this. I've done it before. Why not again? And why not better? I am nervously excited to see how different my process will be now that I understand myself as a writer a little more. This is the month I break out of my shell and hopefully I don't go running back trying to hide. It doesn't get harder than this first time, right? RIGHT? 'Cause I'll tell you what... I'm more nervous about the unwritten than I am of this. Well, maybe a little less so than the reviews that are about to come, but still. 

My point is: I wonder if this is the month my career as a writer begins. By this, I don't mean as a person who makes a living selling books, but as one who follows her dreams. Insecurity can certainly stop anyone. So will I allow it to get the best of me or is this my beginning? Either way, the possibilities are scary... but they are also endless.

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  1. This is the month of your book release? Good to know! I'm sure you'll do great in this new beginning. I do believe being a published author would have to change something inside you, but your essence of writer will keep you writing. There is a lot of things from where this first book came from, have no doubt of it. Creativity is endless, as long as you keep believing in yourself. And don't worry, if your faith falters, there is a bunch of back-up in the IWSG to encourage you to keep going. You'll be alright. :)

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    1. Aww thank you, Al.
      Hey, with this group and a dragon as friend, who wouldn't have constant encouragement? :D

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  2. The first one is its own thing. Your job now is to just push forward, get to writing again and form the habit. I know you and your book will do great. There is more pressure now, but remember you are the boss and you control what comes out and when it comes out. Enjoy it, for soon you will be a published author.

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    1. Soon I will be, won't I? O_O

      Thanks, B. I will try to keep going and find a way to enjoy the pressure. I have awesome friends who are good at back having, I should be able to survive this :D

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  3. I'm sure that if I ever have a debut novel that I'll also be scared out of my pants. Congratulations on your accomplishment. It's going to be great.

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    1. You will have that debut novel. You said it yourself in your blog, you are NOT quitting! And when you are scared, I'll cheer you on! ;)

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  4. I looks like we are in the same boat, SK. It's a wild ride and the pressure is consuming. But it's also great and uplifting at the same time! Congratulations and Good Luck!

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    1. Wild ride... yes, yes it is lol.

      Good luck and congrats to you as well, Wickedly will do just fine!

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  5. Oh,my. I am now seeing pants...
    You know, this story is the culmination of your effort and training (not necessarily formal training, either) and you have produced a book that makes people look at it and think, 'Hmmm...... Interesting...' and then, '...I'm finished? Darn! Did she write anything else???'

    Another island in the river - congratulations!

    Diana at About Myself By Myself

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    1. lol...the pants image, err, sorry?

      Thank you for the positive words, Diana :)

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  6. You can do it again! If I did it, anyone can do it.
    Just remember to enjoy your release month.

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    1. Thank you, Alex.
      You enjoy it as well... your third book comes out in two weeks, yay!

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  7. Just stopping by from the IWSG to say Hi :)

    Congratulations and good luck with the book. I wish you lots of success with it! Scary, but soooo exciting!

    xx

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  8. Congrats on that first book!! It's an awesome and awful feeling all at once. Just remember, being a writer is putting one book in front of another, a step at a time. Does it get any easier? I wish I could say yes, but after 54 books, that next step is still just a leap of faith you take because you love what you do. Close your eyes and put that foot forward.

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    1. One step at a time, one book at a time... I like it! :D

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  9. This is exciting SK!
    What an accomplishment! You should be proud of yourself!
    September co-host for the IWSG.
    Writer In Transit

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    1. I guess I could be proud if I wasn't so nervous lol. Thanks so much, Michelle ;)

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  10. Way to go. You're following your dream and it will be worth it. Good luck with the book release!

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  11. I published my debut in December and I've been feeling exactly this since then. I'd like to say it get easier, but it's gotten worse in truth, but like you say, the possibilities are scary, but also endless. Best of luck XX :D

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    1. You are almost a year in, Shah! That's awesome. Not so reassuring with the scary feeling and such lol but real, thank you ;)

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  12. Keep following your dreams. The possibilities are scary and endless as you said but you can do it.
    Just keep sharing that smile of yours and i'm sure you'll charm everyone to buy your books. i for one cannot wait to get my hands on it. Also, I'm visualizing you without the pants but only because I see you as a 'dress' girl. That's my attempt at a joke, i hope itsn't inappropriate LOL
    Chris

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  13. The unknown is definitely the scariest thing. The important thing is you're doing what you love, and you've come so far. There will be more pressure on you, but just remember to keep writing for yourself, and keep enjoying it.

    Congratulations on your book release :)

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    1. Yeah, the pressure does make it easy to forget that we are in this for ourselves first. I'll try to remember that, thanks, Laura!

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  14. Your first book! I know how excited and nervous you must be. Take some time and enjoy this moment. If you can do this one, you can do others. Good luck to you!

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    1. I'm trying to balance the excitement and the nervousness... not sure I'm succeeding but at least I'm holding on to both feelings lol

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  15. Yes, the unknown future is scary, but also exciting! I'm happy for you, SK. and know that if this is what you love to do, the ideas and confidence will come (even if with the intermittent insecurities). Congrats to you for having the guts for getting this far! Look forward to the reviews!

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    1. Yeah I have the guts!!!! I think... maybe? Do I? lol Thank you, Nancy!

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  16. It IS scary as hell. But in the end we regret most the chances we don't take. Be strong, girl!! :D

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    1. So true. And regret is the worst feeling to live with!

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  17. Oooooh, you're the author of that book with the gorgeous cover! Haha, sorry ;-) I've seen that cover all over the place and loved it, and I didn't realize it was yours until I saw it over there on the sidebar :-)
    I will tell you that once you've published a book, it isn't the same anymore. There's way more pressure to get the next ones done. But it's a GOOD thing! It motivates you!
    Anyway, you shouldn't be worrying about future books now. You should be basking in the glow of ALMOST PUBLISHED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME! SOOOO. EXCITING!

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    1. I am!
      I'm the author of the book with that cover who is completely in over her head lol
      Yes, the pressure is motivating... you know, when it isn't panic-inducing and such... but I am exciting and basking in the glow, promise! :D

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  18. First off...congrats! Amazing cover. Second...totally feeling ya! Only I didn't anticipate the stress that comes with book two. Somehow the knowledge that I was no longer just writing for my pleasure locked me up a little. And then there is the marketing and the watching the numbers...best just to pretend no one cares and just keep writing for fun!

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    1. I can see myself getting locked up too... but I will try my darnest to pretend not to care too lol

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  19. No time like the present! Embrace your new journey as a writer and have the time of your life with it!

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  20. September is going to be an amazing time for you. Remember to enjoy the ride.

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    1. The ride, bumpy or not, I shall enjoy it lol

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  21. I've heard this from so many people who are about to publish. Just clutch your book tightly and remember how hard you worked for it. No one can take that away from you!

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    1. I'm clutching it very very tightly... must I let go and hit the publish button though? I'm scared! But more excited than scared. I guess I will press that button after all... :P

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  22. Congrats on the new book! Yay! Happy debut book month! Happy IWSG Birthday!

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    1. Yes, Happy Birthday again to IWSG!!! and thank you ;)

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  23. Congrats on your soon-to-be-released novel! Insecurities abound in all of us, but we keep going. I hope your next book comes easier for you. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Lexa.
      It certainly is easier to move forward with this kind of support so yes, we keep going :)

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  24. Beautiful post, Katherine! Truly. Thanks for opening up and sharing your thoughts. I'm sure it's terrifying---but you're doing it. You're really doing it, and that's HUGE. You're totally living the dream!

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    1. It is HUGE and I'm doing it! OMG I'm about to have a nervous break down o_0 lol

      Thank you, Morgan :D

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  25. Amazing post, Katherine! I released my first book last month. It was freaky to know that it is out there for others (people I don't know, mind you) reading it. Will they like it? Will they hate it? Will they use it to hold up their wobbly table? But I've got to get out of that mind set. All is good, and like you said, this is where I have started to live my dream as a writer. Good point. Thanks for the post.

    You can do this! Keep on going. PS: You book cover is amazing!!!!

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    1. Congratulations to you too, Julia! And best of luck!

      I have to tell you, now I'm convinced my book makes for a perfect wobbly table holder, err... thanks? lol

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  26. Congrats!

    Oh my gosh. You sound so calm! If a writer's insecurity meter is not in the red during release month, you need to check for a pulse. :P

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    1. Of course I'm calm. I have no worries.... though, that might have something to do with the fact that I'm focused on pulling my hair out lol

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  27. I'm so excited for you!!! Enjoy your book release, and just keep writing! You've done it! You can do it again! The possibilities are definitely endless!

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  28. Yep, yep, yep. I can so relate to this. We should make shirts or something ;)

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    1. I'm in! Let's make them T-shirts and wear them and eat lots of ice cream or get drunk or something... maybe both?

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  29. Congratulations! How exciting that your first book is coming out! Now's the time to celebrate and be happy!!! Your dream is coming true! Worry about the other stuff later and enjoy the moment!
    Tina @ Life is Good

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    1. Tina, I'm enjoying the moment through clenched teeth and shaking bones... does that work? lol Then again, part of the experience is the nerves, right? So, I'll just sit back and enjoy them along with the excitement ;)

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  30. I think your writing career begins when you type/write those very first words, whatever they're for, at the beginning of the journey. It just doesn't feel like a career until you get to this point though, on the cusp of your first release.
    Enjoy the momentum, I'm sure whatever you've got for us next will be just as impressive.

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