InsecureWritersSupportGroup It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Read and support writers by clicking here, and if you’re a writer you can also join!

This month I’m both nervous and excited. Nervcited? A couple of things are happening: 1. I’m putting out a new book in a completely new genre for me. I’ve long loved reading Regency romances but never thought to write one until now. I’d been writing a lot of heavy books and found myself needing a lighter project. I was just playing around, really, but found I loved it! So I’m hoping you will all enjoy Brynnde too, and that I’ll find fellow Regency lovers to read it. 2. I’m doing an audiobook! I attended a talk about audiobooks at last year’s InD’Scribe and it really planted the seed for me to want to have one of my books adapted to that format. I don’t know yet how it will work out, but I’m hopeful. So far I’ve had some great auditions and plan to pick a narrator soon. Stay tuned!

As for being nervcited, well, of course there’s the nagging fear of: What if it all goes to hell? What if it all fails? But I’ll never know until I try, right?

Question of the month: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

I recently noticed this as I was re-reading Dune and then again while reading Anne Perry’s The Face of a Stranger—that my knowledge of “rules” for writing sometimes pulls me out of a book when I notice one of those rules being broken. And the truth is, these writing rules are relatively modern and new, and the books cited above are somewhat older and probably not beholden to those rules. But I still noticed. In the same way that I notice things in movies because I have a film degree and also have worked on film sets. I think any time you have experience in an area, you’re going to notice things, for good or ill. You’ll get the inside jokes but you’ll also notice the errors.

4 Thoughts on “IWSG: New Frontiers

  1. It’s fun picking up on the inside jokes that only make sense when you know story structure. I remember one episode of Gravity Falls where one of the characters begins talking to a girl he eventually starts going out with. The girl was working at a store called “Cute Meats.” Wouldn’t have gotten the gag had I not studied story structure.

  2. I don’t think you can lose with those two projects. I’m curious if your narrators have British accents too! 🙂 Being a writer does pull me out of a story or film at times, but if it’s a really good tale, I’ll get swept away no matter the errors.

    • Yes! When you put the project on ACX you can say what kind of narrator you want or need, so I put in “British” and “male” because the stories are told from Watson’s POV.

  3. Great post and excellent points. The experience of anything is almost always different from the imagined or done from the pov of ignorance.
    Happy IWSG Day
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

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