The Insecure Writers Support Group is a marvellous group set up by Alex Cavanagh. On the first Wednesday of every month, members post thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
The link above takes you to details about the group and how to join. You’ll also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge – do check them out.
This month’s question – What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?
Do you know, I’m not sure that I can speak of this from a position of experience as I so rarely get asked about my writing. Before you all start to shuffle your feet and think how awkward this is, the truth is that I’d don’t do much talking about my writing; in fact, it’s been a bit of a dirty secret. I did out myself to a degree when I started to co-host a fiction website with my writing accountability partner a couple of years ago, but whilst I was happy for it to be out in the ether, I never really pressed my passion upon those I know in real life. When I’ve mentioned it, my family and/or my colleagues have largely been disinterested, occasionally offering the “oh how nice/interesting” type of response, before changing the subject to something more well … of interest to them I guess.
However, I have the suspicion that benign neglect could be easier to bear than some of the following …
- “you’ll give me a signed copy when it’s published, right?”
- “isn’t it finished yet/you still working on that one?”
- “if you can’t get it published, maybe it’s not good enough?”
- “self-publishing … that means it wasn’t good enough to get published the proper way?”
So … in many ways, I’m pretty happy being largely ignored.
Hypothetically speaking, I imagine my favourite questions would come from a place of genuine interest and/or knowledge.
© Debra Carey, 2019