Is it the first Wednesday in February already and time for Insecure Writers Support Group, hosted by Alex J Cavanaugh? I seem to say that a lot lately. I have all these plans for writing, catching up on blogging, reading books and writing reviews. I'm unemployed, and the benefits are all this free time to dedicate to my writing career. Right?
The truth is I'm out of practice of reading consistently. Reading has been a life-long hobby, but the last few years of focusing on writing and writing activities, I've lost the ability to just lose myself in a good book. I'm always thinking about whether I should write a review, what it should say, if the author will be offended by my reader opinion.
So much of being an author is tied up in reader reviews. It makes me anxious. Anxious because I mostly read books by my author friends. What if I don't like something in the story? What if the novel or short story is my preferred reading genre but I don't like the author's writing style? Or the formatting, technical errors, PoV? Or any one of a million different reader preferences.
As a fellow author, I must rise above petty reader preferences and judge a book/story based on writing ability; but sometimes I don't want to channel my craft knowledge into a review.
And then, there is my own writing. I wonder if I will ever have an average, stranger read my novel or short story. Someone I don't know who will buy an anthology I'm published in because it was recommended on Amazon or B&N based on their like purchases. .
Not very encouraging for an IWSG co-host this month. But, the IWSG is my opportunity to catch up with all my blog friends and I am sure to be much more encouraging in my comments. Please be sure to visit the other co-hosts: Gwen Gardner, Sarah Foster, and M Pax, as well as our Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh for a complete list of participants. As always, our Captain requests you visit at least ten participants on the list that your are not familiar with, as well as your usual blogger friends. You never know who's day you might make, or what an awesome acquaintance you might meet.
And don't forget to visit the Insecure Support Group website.
Thanks for reading.