For this first Wednesday of the month’s Insecure Writer's Support Group for 2014, a group initiated by Alex J.Cavanaugh, I’m celebrating and lamenting.
I’m celebrating completing the first draft of Anticipating Dawn, the sequel to my first book, within my goal of by the end of 2013. Whoopee!!
I’m lamenting because although I expected nothing more than to complete it to the best of my ability for a first draft, I’m fearful that people won’t like it!! But I’ve supplied it to two beta readers, one who’s reading Anticipation of Penitent first and, thus far, finds the first one "very gripping", "quite shocking in places" and "unbelievably sad" – her words, which are oh such wonderful things to hear. I can’t wait to hear what she says about the sequel. Will it be a disappointment or will she think it’s as great as I think it is, or at least has the potential to be?
It doesn’t help that a writer’s group that I’ve been attending for several years is changing in unsatisfactory ways with a new mediator, who seems to want to be a teacher that sees her opinions as more accurate, than a mediator. I may give it one more try.
I’m also uncertain about starting up again on my next project, The Witch of Endor. It’s hard to get myself into another project when this one needs reworking, editing, waiting for beta readers to get back to me, more and more and more editing, querying…. Oh, how do I get my brain around it all?
I’m looking forward to hearing from you all and giving support for your woes.
Happy New Year IWSG!