This post was written for the December 2012:
If you are a writer and haven't joined the IWSG yet, I strongly urge you to go to Alex Cavanaugh's blog http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com to check it out.
Perspective: Essentially, isn't that what writing is all about? Allowing someone else to get a sneak peek into your perspective on things. Because here's the thing: what if nobody likes my perspective? For instance, when I see this:
The first thing that comes to my mind is this: REDNECKS. Forgive me but I was raised in the North and that's immediately what I associate that image with. *Sorry, honestly, I don't want to insult any of my southern followers...That's just an example. BUT my mother-in-law, who was born and raised in the South, thinks of one thing and one thing only when she looks at that very same image: HOME.
So how do you know if you are striking the right or wrong chords with your audience? Will anyone else ever be able to relate to my perspective on things? Or am I just kidding myself that readers will connect to my characters and their voice at all?
These past few weeks, I've had my enormous beak shoved deep in edits/revisions of my paranormal romance, Breaking Cardinale Rules...although these lingering thoughts on perspective have been haunting me. And it's kind of left me feeling overall, extremely insecure.
What if no one gets my sense of humour? What if people actually read it but stinking hate it? Will they blast me to the moon and back with scathing reviews? Will I become a writing pariah? All of these doubts keep swirling around in my crazy head.... Guess I should really finish editing the darn thing and send it out first, before I worry about all of this stuff, but what can I say, other than, I'm an INSECURE WRITER!!
PS: Despite all of my misgivings and wild insecurities, I finally had the courage to send my first few chapters out to be critiqued. And for that, I owe the IWSG big time! Because before joining this group, that was just, um, yeah, NOT going to happen in this century.