It doesn’t seem like such an intimidating question, but every time I hear that question from a friend or family member I cringe. “So how’s the writing going?” Should I answer truthfully that writing is so much harder than I realized? Should I share with them that I have so many great story ideas, but I struggle to get the words onto the paper (or actually onto the screen since most of my writing is on my lap top)? Should I tell them about the self-doubt that creeps in when I re-read my story and wonder if anyone will actually enjoy my work?
It seems like an innocent question, but it brings up all my insecurities about my new ‘writing career’. I spend time writing each day, but sometimes writing a short blog post is all that I am able to accomplish. Some days my fingers fly over the keys and I look at my word count with pride.
I have three actual works-in-progress, it may seem a bit scattered, but that is how my brain works.
· I am working on my historical fiction young adult story about the Spanish Flu epidemic. I have a great outline and I am about one third of the way through. This is the story that feels flat to me, so I get ‘stuck’ because I want to bring more out of the characters. I need to just push through and get my first draft finished, so I can edit and refine the story.
· I have my first draft completed of another historical fiction story about World War II, but its disjointed and frankly I’m just not sure it is a story I am ready to work on and release.
· I recently started a fun contemporary romance with a football theme. Spending so much time watching football with my husband gave me the idea for the story. It is cute and fun to write, I am already 5,000 words into that story and it feels fun and upbeat, the perfect antidote to the somewhat more serious historical fiction stories I have been working on.
· I also have ideas for at least two other non-fictions books (including outlines) and I have two more historical fiction ideas brewing as well.