Stalled Out on Indecision Highway
First, I lost confidence in my writing, then I found myself stalled due to indecision. This writing thing is much harder than just putting one word after another. I’m looking at you, Mr. Gaiman.
I’ve been editing book one of my young adult, fantasy books with book two at about the halfway mark. This had me thinking about agents and publishers, what research I needed to do, and mostly how close I was to having my first book ready to go.
These thoughts led me to question how wise it was to start with a trilogy. I’m an unknown author. How likely am I to find a book deal with a trilogy? On the other hand, my horror novel is part of a series but could easily standalone. I know, it seems like a no-brainer, but the horror novel is only half done.
For the last couple of weeks, these questions rolled around my cranium, begging to know the right answer, the fear of making the wrong decision leading me to indecision. I gave up working on any of them, worried I’d be putting the effort into the wrong one. I started two new stories, and although I was excited about the new stories, I wanted to finish a book.
The other day, I got a message from author C. M. Turner. If you’re not already following this amazing, supportive woman, you should be. C. M. Turner checks on me often. I think she might be only slightly less excited about me finishing a novel than I am. Hell, she might be more excited.
She asked about my writing, and I explained my problem. I got a message back right away. She felt like I did. The trilogy would be a hard sell, but the horror could be standalone if necessary. I immediately wished Twitter had a function to hug her across the miles.
I didn’t just need my own thoughts confirmed. I needed a trusted friend to give me an honest opinion, and I needed to know my concerns were justified.
Now, I’m back to work on the horror, hoping to make people’s skin crawl, and I owe it again to the amazing, supportive friendships built in the Twitter writing community. I can’t stress this enough, if you’re struggling with your writing in any way, ask your Twitter friends. They have answers, support, and will let you know you’re not alone.
Thank you, Lady. I’m fortunate to call you my friend.