Wednesday, 6 June 2012
IWSG: Am I doing it right? And does anyone care?
Happy IWSG Day! This genius idea created by Alex J. Cavanaugh is a place for all of us insecure writers to gather together to talk about our worries, and cheer each other on. Check out the full list of participants here!
Think right now about your favourite writers. How do you feel when you know they have a new book being released? It's usually something like, "HURRY UP, I CAN'T WAIT ANYMORE!" right? And also, think about when one of your super talented blog buddies announces they've got a book coming out soon. That is even more exciting because it's someone you know, someone you may have seen struggling to reach their goal of publication. Someone you've seen go through the rough times, and have finally made it to where they want to be. I can tell you that when Jolene Perry, or Nyrae Dawn announce a book release - I bounce up and down like a crazy person! These two awesome ladies are writers I absolutely adore for their ability to write so naturally, it's almost like reading a diary.
Then the panic sets in. I have my first book lurking on the horizon, almost ready to go out into the world. Will anyone be excited for my book? I know it's horribly arrogant of me to even hope that someone will be so excited about Game On that they'll tell everyone about the release date (still on its way lol!). But it's what I want, and I am a little - okay, a lot - nervous that the release will just pass by and nobody will even notice. :S Don't get me wrong, I know I have a lot of support - and words cannot ever express how grateful I am for that! But I would love to be one of those people who can create a buzz. I just don't know if I can.
Secondly, now I am working on a spin-off to Game On, it got me thinking. There is still SO much life in all of the original characters. A couple of people suggested that I make it into a series, with each book delving into the lives of the other main characters. That would mean a book about Bree the ditz and her hubby, Leah's flatmate, Freya, maybe one or two others, and finally, ending back with Leah. This wasn't a part of my plan, but I have had some awesome ideas for another book about Leah and so ... I don't know what to do. Is there a right way to do it? Should I just stick with Leah, or, since I'm already doing a book about Jesse, should I go through a few of the other characters too? Maybe if everyone hates Game On, this question will erase itself.
So - that's where my head is at the moment. A gigantic mess of unanswerable questions!