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 June 6 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, Tonja Drecker, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!
Welcome to June! I feel like every month I say “I can’t believe it’s ___ already,” and again, I can’t believe it’s June already and summer is actually here (at least, for us in the northern hemisphere). Before we know it, Christmas will be back again, huh? Let’s not rush the snow, though…
This month I’m feeling a little better about things–regular readers know my life has been chaotic lately due to work, but finally things are starting to smooth out a bit. I can focus more on writing and blogging, which has fallen by the wayside. At least–fallen away at a level I’m not comfortable with. I HAVE gotten some writing done and I even have a new book coming out this summer, but I wish I could have done more. I tend to get anxious when I don’t live up to my own ridiculous standards.
And even knowing they’re ridiculous doesn’t make it better for me, unfortunately!
So, this month I’m hoping to get back in my groove so I feel more like myself. Even if I take it easy for a while I’m hoping to be productive and get some real work done. And then maybe one of these days I won’t have to worry about a crazy day job robbing me of my creativity–writing will be my day job!
June 6 question – What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?
BOTH! I can certainly tell you if the title for a book doesn’t arrive with the idea for it, it’s going to be an uphill battle for me trying to figure out a decent title when I’m finished. I always hope a title will come to me while I’m writing, and sometimes it does, but not always. I’m very happy when the title pops in my head along with the plot. That means less agonizing at the end.
As for character names, sometimes they’re easy, and sometimes I have to scour baby name websites, make lists, and keep my ears open for good-sounding names. Sometimes they just pop in my head along with the character. I’ve also changed the name of characters midway through a story because they didn’t sit well with me.
Names and titles are hard!
How is your June going so far? Off to a good start?