Writing is about losing yourself in characters, becoming part of their lives. It is building the world of your story (their story) in the bricks and mortar of words and phrases, of full stops and commas. It is about building that world in order to communicate it.
It’s Insecure Writers Support Group time and I have been thinking about the gap which exists between burying oneself in a story on the one hand, lost in one’s writing cave, and sharing that story with the world.
It’s hard, I think, to go from the story being in your head to on the page to with other people. There are critique partner notes, which are tempered with love (we hope) so this part is easier to take. Even when stories evidently did not work quite how you thought they had. There’s worry about how much of yourself you have put into the story, about how much you are exposing.
In these days of social media, there are added worries about putting ‘yourself’ or however your online profile=yourself, out there. The posts which garner few comments, the tweets you wonder if anyone heard. Do you worry about number of followers or not?
Then there’s the putting the story out there to agents and to publishers. To Be Judged, because that is how it feels. I am hopefully soon going to send off, and I’ll admit, part of me doesn’t want to. It’s easier to hide in the cave and not share. To not have to steel myself for rejection.
Then I think, for every fear about posting, tweeting, blogging, sharing my work with CPs - what I have got back has been immeasurable. I have to hope sending my work out there will be the same.
Even if I might have to start a #sendityouwuss before I do ;)
Anyone else have any thoughts about ‘putting yourself out there’ in writing, or online?