Welcome to 2019, and it’s #IWSG day. The Insecure Writers Support Group does what it says, supports writers of all levels of experience even though sometimes that tough going doesn’t seem as tough for you as other people. It’s still tough, though.
The monthly post always comes with an optional question and co-hosts. And don’t forget to check out today’s monthly post from IWSG themselves, as they are announcing the finalists in the Anthology competition!
Today the co-hosts are:
and for once I’m going to answer the question, which is:
What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?
It took me less than five seconds to say “they are the same question, and I welcome it.”
Favourite: I love talking about the answer to this one. They are the inspirations for my characters, and a constant source of amusement – and for flash fiction too, as this tale suggests.
Least favourite: I feel the need to justify using them as characters, and then there’s the awkwardness of talking about my Princelings books, because although I tried to write them as people, they really are guinea pigs. And ‘guinea pig fantasy adventures for people over ten’ isn’t exactly a huge market. It does, in fact, make marketing them extremely difficult.
In fact, it’s why I’m an insecure writer. I know I am seriously weird letting my love for my guinea pigs turn into a whole series of novels. They aren’t even really MG books. Fantasy/MG crossover maybe? That might be a welcome change for some readers.
But I have to, seriously have to, get back to writing the final parts of the saga this year. Once I’ve got the launch of Curved Space to Corsair, the second Viridian series book out of the way (it comes out on 22nd January), it’ll be nose to the grindstone on the Chronicles of Marsh and Princelings Revolution. Time is running out – for me, the characters, and for the story!
What questions do you welcome?
What questions do you welcome, and what make you shake in your shoes? Either leave an answer in the comments, or link it to your IWSG post. One of my new year’s resolutions is to improve my return visit rate—without using that to avoid getting on with my writing or editing!
Happy new year!
Launch of Curved Space to Corsair
If you would like to join in blogging a book launch post for Curved Space to Corsair, please see the resources page here.