This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the August 2 posting of the IWSG are Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!
Hello, everyone! Time once again to talk about our insecurities. I don’t have any specific ones this month, just the background insecurity of being a writer, I guess.
I’ve been having a good run lately. I recently had something published, I’ve got something on submission, and I’ve got a nice backlog of written stuff I’m slowly editing/revising to submit as well. Plus, I have a few ideas for other stories. So the writing life is good! But even at this stage there is constant anxiety gnawing at the back of my brain–write more, write faster, edit more, edit faster! More, more, more, you’re not going fast enough, you’re not creating enough! I wonder sometimes if this is actually a symptom of the regular anxiety disorder I suffer from and doesn’t have that much to do with writing. No matter how much I do or achieve it’s never enough.
But, humans are also goal-oriented creatures. We need something to strive for. Not having a goal or a purpose tends to make us sluggish, empty, and depressed. ‘Good enough’ never lasts long and if it did, we’d never create anything else. So maybe it’s also just human nature, keeping us running on that track, always trying to get the trophy. Man, it’s hard to be a human…
August 2nd Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?
Reading – I hate ham-fisted foreshadowing, even in TV shows and movies, not just books. I don’t like being bludgeoned over the head with ominous omg look what this person did guess what’s gonna happen because of it ooooooh. And then of course, it happens. I would rather clues be subtle and woven into the story so artfully it’s barely noticed until the THING happens, and then you slap your forehead and go “oh my God, I should have seen that coming!” I like to be surprised. I also like to connect the dots afterward and marvel at the wonder of storytelling.
Writing – I hate everything about writing. HA, just kidding! Really though, I hate when I have a great vision in my head, but somehow it never translates onto the screen perfectly. It falls short, or flat, somehow, or just comes out different in such a weird way it’s not exactly what I envisioned.
Editing – I hate when I’m editing my own work and am baffled at how I never passed second grade spelling/grammar, apparently.
How about you? What are your pet peeves?