It's time for another round of Insecure Writers Support Group. Thank you Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating this monthly support system and wonderful website. The team always puts together great posts to help authors. If you haven't had a chance to visit the website, click here for the link.
Today, I thought I'd mention a recent discussion I had with a friend of mine. He's a former colleague that I meet occasionally for coffee. Sometimes being a writer is such a lonely existence that I very rarely talk about my writing to friends and colleagues in my professional career. Most of the time they just don't get it so I don't bother. This particular friend is a writer and knows how difficult it can be, but then again novel writing is a whole other enchilada. That said, he asked how my book was going. I told him I was working on it, but when I saw this, it made me laugh because I can relate.
Anyway, we continued to talk and he mentioned something even funnier. He said he once had a friend that said...
"I've started nine novels, but I haven't finished one yet."
He said he thought it was a great opening line to a novel. I agreed. We had a good laugh, but then I stopped, feeling the need to defend the unknown friend, and probably myself somewhere in there too. Hey, we've all been there from time to time with novel writing. I explained how hard it is to create a story with the plotting, characters, point of view, editing, beta reading, re-editing, rewriting etc... Hell, that list can go on forever. I then said how challenging it is to balance everything in life like your family, work, laundry and dare I say making dinner? It's not easy. But's if it's who you are and what you do, what other choice do you have? I should have told him to have his friend reach out to ISWG. I think maybe just a little support might help them.
Other than that, I have no complaints this month. What about you? Can you relate? Did you like the opening line? Do you have any insecurities you'd like to share with me today?