Wednesday, June 4, 2014

IWSG - The One?

A little late to the game, but I'm here! Today is another installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

I finished the first round of edits on my novella, Silent Beauty! I'm super excited for how they turned out and I've realized something. I really want this book to be the one.  Silent Beauty is the tenth novel I've written and it might be my best yet. I love it! I love how diverse my characters are and I love reading about a character that is really different. She's deaf. I don't know a lot of novels where the main character is deaf or blind or suffering from a disability. I love Alanna and Jared and all of my characters in this book. I feel like they are unique. The two critique partners I heard back from, who read it - loved it!


But I'm scared that it won't make it. That maybe my one won't be enough. I want this book to be the one that people share with others and tell them they have to read it and beg others to buy a copy! I want this book to be on a bestsellers list and not because I had it free for a day. I want this book to inspire people to love everyone, despite their differences. And I want this book to be loved.

I guess I'm insecure about people not loving my book someday and it dying in a folder on my computer. I want it to be "the one". Am I putting too much pressure on one book?

For now, I'm not gonna give up on it. Maybe Silent Beauty is "the one" and maybe it isn't. But I'm going to continue loving and revising and hopefully submitting to the agent who will love it just as much as I do! :)

11 comments:

  1. I think we have to believe every one we write is 'the one.' And in a way, they all are. We don't have only one really good book inside us. You're building a great collection of books, Krista. So I hope this is the first 'one' of many! :)

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  2. I feel like that about the book I'm currently revising and hoping to submit to agents in a few months. Writing 10 books is a great achievement, and even if this book isn't the one, you'll get there! :)

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  3. I hope this book is 'the one' but even if it isn't, our writing improves with every book we write, so the next one might be even better :)

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  4. I felt that about the book which just got an agent - so maybe this is the one for you :) But even if an agent doesn't jump on yours, you still have tons of other opportunities to get it out there. Just make sure it's the best it could possibly be and the rest will come. That's the nice thing about publishing today - the venues are endless.

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  5. No matter how great you feel about this book, you'll always write one you like even better somewhere down the line. Don't put too much pressure on yourself about this being "the one." Just relax and enjoy the writing.

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  6. That's what happens as we write. Each new book becomes a favorite. i think a lot of that feeling comes from the fact that the more we write, the better we write. I haven't read Silent Beauty, but I love the query you sent me. which, by the way, I apologize for taking so long to send it back. I'll try my best to get it back to you soon.
    Best wishes with this one!

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  7. I like that it has taken you a few trips to the rodeo to find the one! Best of luck with it!

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  8. If this is the one, then woo-hoo! And if not, keep on writing. I feel every book I write is going to be the one. I wouldn't publish it if I didn't. Good luck, and have a terrific weekend.

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  9. Really hope this book is the one for you!! :-)

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  10. It's a great sign that you love the story. Your writing is obviously getting better. I hope people will love it even if it's not a bestseller, and like others have said you've got many more inside you. Just enjoy the ride!

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  11. It's important that you love your book first, and you have that down. If you write it, they will read. So keep writing! :)

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