The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post our thoughts on our own blog. We talk about our doubts and the fears we have conquered. We discuss our struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling.
Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
Never Bloody Give Up
Is there anything in a writer’s life that causes more insomnia than the dreaded and vital first page? The power of the first page? A contract with an agent / publisher. A reader holding it lovingly to their chest as they hurry to the cashier. A promise author will take them to a place they’ve never been before.
There should be awards for the novel with the best first page. Regardless if the rest of the story is awe-inspiring, I’d like to see a list of books wherein the first page rocks. I’ve discovered critique sites which will provide feedback on your first page. At a writer’s convention, I sat in on several ‘slush pile’ discussions. Several others, including my editors, all have had a go at my first page. Daggers have sliced and diced Forbidden’s initial four paragraphs.
It hasn’t been pretty. I nearly gave up, putting aside a manuscript that virtually kept me in a lover’s prison for the past three years. Anger, depression, and a rampant inferiority complex sapped my creative juices. I had hit the dreaded wall. Not the blank page hysteria, no. It was the insidious devil that had me believing the task exceeded my talent.
During the past few months, I’ve burned away the negative mood – deleting or upgrading my websites. Dug up my gardens and tossed out non-performing perennials. Removed every useless or unwanted item from my closets. You could say I purged and rebuilt my home turf. It was an awakening to discover how much that stuff occupied valuable space, stole precious time, and drained my creative energy.
During this period of self-reflection, I paid attention to those things that are most important to me – my animals, quiet time, connection with nature, physical wellness, and regained trust in my sixty something years of experience. I let go of people and ideas that lacked connection with my soul, and decided to give worry a huge kick in the ass.
The purge is not yet complete. However, there is a sense of freedom surging to the surface. The muse is recovering from a deep dive. This morning I tingled with excitement, seeing unlimited possibilities. Most of all, a fresh idea for page one has ignited. Am I up to the challenge? Damn right. My message for writers or anyone fearing they lack the skills to be successful – Never Bloody Give Up!
Beta readers are invited to have a look at my revision. The first few pages are posted on Wattpad. Access them via my Forbidden facebook page. Comments, good or not so good, are welcome via email (email@example.com).
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