It's that time again.
The first Wednesday of each month is when we all gather our neuroses for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. The IWSG exists so we can share our insecurities and support each other. Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, anyone can join. Simply click on his name and put your blog on the linky list. Then hop around and visit your fellow insecure writers.
The co-hosts this month are:
This month's optional question is:
What genre would be the worst for you to tackle, and why?
I'm skipping this month's question. I feel like the bulk of the answers will be horror and romance, and honestly I'm not in the mood for more anti-horror stuff right now.
After a lot of thinking, I'm going to be making some changes to my writing career in the coming months. I don't completely know what that's going to look like yet, but I have an idea. A few ideas. Unfortunately, drama in the horror writing world has started tainting how I feel about horror, and I'm not okay with that. I'm not going to stop writing horror, and I have some long-term projects in the works, but my focus will be elsewhere for a while. There are other worlds to explore, basically, and it's time I branched out more.
Of course, change is scary. I've dipped my toe in elsewhere and had pretty good luck with it, so far. I'm thinking of writing under a pen name, maybe a couple, so I need to decide about that, as well, before I submit anything more in other genres, so I can keep some consistency. I'll definitely be paying attention to those of you who already publish heavily in multiple genres.
Anyway, wish me luck! I feel a bit like I'm flapping in the wind right now with a loose anchoring rope.
Note that the monthly post on open submissions will likely be delayed by a week, as I have a guest post next week.
Okay, time for a submission recap for the month. I post each month during the IWSG to keep myself accountable.
12 rejections (1 shortlisted, 1 invitation to direct email another submission right away, 8 personal rejections)
1 withdrawn story
20 submissions currently out
What's your writing insecurity? Have you ever made a drastic change to your writing career? How'd it go? Are you ready for fall?
May you find your Muse.