- Waiting for replies. How long is it before it becomes acceptable to gently nudge a publisher and ask whether they've lost your stuff, because one of my current submissions seems to have taken longer than any previous one. I wouldn't mind, but if this doesn't come off, I'll probably put the novel out myself, and I'd like to be able to do that while I'm still getting some benefit from working with a couple of bigger authors.
- Sequels. I'm on/building up to a couple of sequels at the moment, and the thing with them is having to live up to the last one or make it better. It's also about the thing of having to fit a new story into an old world, where normally, I like my settings to come out of the story that needs to be told.
- Volume. I had a quick count up last month and found that I'd worked on over 45 published novel length pieces to date, some of which have done interesting and impressive things like making it into the NYT top twenty. Of those pieces, exactly three are mine, and they haven't done anything like as much. More than that, my own writing generally seems to be taking a back seat to all the ghostwriting at the moment. I have ideas, even ideas I'm working on, but they just don't seem to be happening right now. It's not just the full time nature of my ghosting. It's being full time writing, so that I don't really want to do more writing in my off hours.
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
This is for the IWSG for this month. So, what's making me insecure about writing this month?