#IWSG and #ROW80 – August Already

For the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post for this new month, I actually don’t have anything much to say.

The last couple of months where I have been busy editing and learning / workshopping some new indie marketing skills, have been hard on my confidence levels. I’ve been pushing myself to move forward with the editing – which would always be a difficult task in itself. But I’ve found myself using every excuse in the book to NOT open up my draft and edit. I’ve been learning, paying attention to facebook, more learning, networking on different websites and communities, and thinking about business plans going forward. These are things that I should be doing – before launching a book, but they also gift me the ability of procrastination on the important task of getting that book ready.

Also, in spite of picking up some good ideas, spending time with other indie authors going through book launches, asking marketing questions – it all can work as a discouragement. There are SO many of us out there. I try not to allow myself to think of everyone else as a competitor – they’re not. I fully support indie authors I believe in, and know logically that each of us has or must find our own readerships. We are not competitors at all. But it becomes an easy thing to do, when I go onto twitter and are spammed constantly by authors who have friended me just to sell me their own book – over and over again, which technically, I just don’t have the time to read anyway. My monkey brain kicks in, and I get all fretful about how many books there are out there.

Trying to come up with marketing plans for my own is an easy way to slow down the actual editing process. Subconsciously I know that if I don’t edit, I don’t move one step closer to actually having to publish and market the book. My fear is getting in the way, but the best gurus tell me to do whatever makes you the most fearful. So I am.

These are huge steps for me, part of the writing and growing process. Thanks for allowing me to share some of that with you.

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Goals-wise, I’m continuing with my plans for the week, and clearing up some training exercises, and also putting in a few hours on edits. So, not all bad.

My next post will put my thoughts on Indie, Trad or Hybrid routes.

Find more of us on ROW80 and the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

11 thoughts on “#IWSG and #ROW80 – August Already

  1. Though I haven’t even finished a first draft yet, I can relate to your anxiety about how many books are out there already and how yours will fit into that market. At the end of the day, finishing a novel is a great achievement on its own, and if it sells lots of copies, well, that’s just icing on the cake. But I think with communities like ROW80, it can give you almost a head-start in marketing, since more people are likely to see it straight off and then potentially spread word to others.
    Also, I too get annoyed with people who follow me just to tell me to “buy my book, buy my book” and I generally just ignore them til they go away 🙂

  2. It can be pretty demoralising, when you see and hear just how many writers are chasing the dream, but, like you, I don’t look on them as competitors and I LOVE giving writers who I know congratulations when they get something accepted for publishing. It kind of gives me hope 🙂

    Good luck honey xx

  3. I can’t think of other writers as competition, because no one writes the same thing I do, on the same topic, with the same characters, in the same voice. Just keep thinking of it that way, and it won’t be so bad!

    I hope you find your course soon and get that editing done!

    1. Thanks for all the supportive comments. In the post I said it was my monkey brain thinking that, supported by the twitter call of a 1000 voices (or books), but logically, and in my actions, I support my fellow writers as much as possible, and share their joy when they launch their own books.

      Regarding editing – see my next post (promise it’s a short one).

  4. First time visitor and fellow insecure writer here. I think we can all relate to that feeling of fear of competition. There are just so many of us out there! But that’s no reason not to support each other – we’re still in it together. 🙂

    Best of luck kicking the procrastination. It can be a killer! Be strong, push through, and you’ll be so glad you did!

  5. I love your honesty. I think most authors know how you feel. We want to encourage and spur one another on. Yet on the other hand, we think, “I don’t even have time to read the books on my shelves now.”

    The flip side . . . One of the ladies in our writer’s group was told, “Look at all those books (in a bargain bookstore). Surely there’s room for yours too.” It’s all about perspective.

    All the best with your marketing – AND your editing.

  6. Ugh! Marketing plans. I need to look into that next. I have the manuscript finished. Now comes the really hard part for me – marketing. It’s great that you have already started thinking through all that. 🙂

  7. You’re not alone in your fears. Many of us struggle to find the energy, time, and determination to put butt in chair. I hope you find a balance between learning how to be a published writer and writing what you love. Great IWSG post!

  8. Tell me. I just hit 900 followers on Twitter, and the vast majority are are writers. I’ve probably only scratched the surface. 😦 But I’m not letting them stop me. If I give up, my chance of success is 0.

    IWSG #179 (At least until Alex culls the list again. :P)

    1. Alex is culling the list? I’m currently No. 94 on the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, and yep – I’m going through a little insecurity myself, lol. On the good side, still editing!

      PS. I only have 446 twitter followers.

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