Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Insecure Wednesday

This is for the Insecure Writer's Group by Alex Cavanaugh. You too can join this group by posting about your insecurities the first Wednesday of every month.

There is only one thing that I’m feeling insecure about these days. The writing of the Vallar sequel. I’ve never written a sequel before, and I want to live up to those who are interested in book two. I don’t want to disappoint. So these last few weeks, I’ve been having fun working on the sequel and questioning myself constantly at every turn. One thing about writing the sequel is this magnet force that tries to get one to write the same thing with somewhat different events. I’m not sure why this force is there. Perhaps it happens because I’m working with the same characters and their problems. However, I’m determined not to recreate the same thing. I want a different story, but a good story. Also, I've found that using a different theme helps.

It won’t be published unless I think it’s good enough either.

Ahhh, it's so good to vent

Good News

Some of you may know that I have been looking for a job. Last Friday someone hired me! I'm so excited. I'm going to be working for a financial company, and it has nothing do with what I went back to college for (medical billing and coding), which makes me feel like I should've never gone back to college.

BUT...the hours are great, it's close to home, and it has a lot of variety. I'm going to be a coordinator. It involves administrative type tasks, some web-design, marketing, and putting on seminars. The thing that sold them on me, to my surprise, was my knowledge of the Internet and social media. I was hesitant to mention the book, but it ended up coming up seeing as we were talking about marketing. Then they asked me "what kind of book". For a moment, I paused and thought "Here's the part where they write me off as a geek." I know my face reddened at this point. I just can't help that.  

But I ended up telling them the title and genre. I guess it didn't phase them. So don't be afraid to mention your writing in interviews. They were impressed that I finished a novel and published it.


Rusty Webb said...

Hey! Congrats on the job. I generally don't tell people I work with that I write either. Although I did have a guy stop me in the elevator and sign his copy of an anthology I contributed to once. Instead of feeling cool, I felt like an idiot.

I'm sure your hesitancy about your sequel is going to just make it better in the end. I read somewhere that Neil Gaiman called his editor when he was 2/3 the way through American Gods and told him he wasn't going to finish, it was just awful and he would have to start over. His editor talked him down from the ledge, so to speak, and of course the novel is quite popular. If there is a moral to the story its that you're too close to know if it's good or not.

Michael Offutt said...

You are amazing and I'm sure that the sequel will blow my socks off.

Cindy said...

Thanks guys! Your comments make me feel motivated today.