Monday, April 22, 2013

A to Z Challenge: Stop Worrying!

Seems people have picked up that my series this month is about reality checks. Uh oh... now I have to change my approach or those in denial will avoid me. That would just be... inefficient.

So. Today will be a reality check for new writers still, BUT with a difference. This one has a much more positive spin. 

The message is simple. 

STOP WORRYING!!!

So what if your story has no plot? So what if your story is completely different from anything else in your genre? So what if prudes and the ignorant masses will try to burn your books once they're published? 

Most of us are fortunate enough to live in countries where we won't get shot for writing something different. 

Use that. Go nuts. Be as mad as a hatter on speed. 

Be you. 

And you'll be okay. 

I promise. 

26 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You're right - worrying doesn't accomplish a thing.

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

That goes for anything in life, why worry about you have no control over?.
Great post.

Yvonne.

Rena said...

Oh, and remember, that every book that gets burned has to be purchased first, so being a book burning writer could equate to pretty decent sales if your publisher is savvy...

Kern Windwraith said...

So very true--worrying isn't going to get that book written, and that's really the bottom line.

Kaye Draper said...

Oh thank you! Mad as a hatter on speed! You just made my day :)

Sangita Kalarickal said...

I wouldn't mind making a 'Burn this!' list! It means the power of my writing has made people sit up and feel something strong. I would mind getting shot for it, though! :)
Lovely, lovely, lovely post!

Patricia Lynne said...

I'm not a newbie writer and I always need to hear this advice.

Sarah said...

Oh my, I gave up worrying a long time ago (at least I tell myself that)...at least about whether or not my book is like any genre...because odds are, it isn't. ;)

Crystal Collier said...

My hubby keeps trying to convince me of this. He's like, "The next book will be better." And then while my back is turned he snatches the draft and starts the publishing process. Eek!

So, I'm going to take your message and play it in my head again and again and again, until I believe it. =)

Laura Eno said...

I'm already mad as a hatter...please pass the speed over to me? I could use some of that as well. ;)

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Elaine Smith said...

I loved your blogpost. Stop worrying is adaptable to sooo many situations. I think all writers should express themselves freely. It's their right.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Love this post!!!

Al Diaz said...

What you say? No worries? But that's my second name! It comes like breathing to me. I think the switch was implanted in the factory, don't know yet how to turn it down.

M.J. Fifield said...

"Be as mad as a hatter on speed."

I'll certainly try. It sounds much more fun than worrying.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I remember the saying about worry being like a rocking chair. Stop worrying and just move forward.

Mina Burrows said...

Okay. No more worrying. Thanks for reminding me. :)

Sarah Chafin said...

I might have to write this post on my wall. Great reminder and I really needed it today. Simply Sarah

Bethie said...

Worrying does stunt the creative process. Get it out on paper and worry during the editing process-but even then not too much.

Carrie-Anne said...

I've never worried about the length of my books since finding out about the modern-day "word count" police. Why should I apologize for deliberately planning and plotting sagas, hack out hundreds of pages and important characters and subplots for no reasons other than to bring down length, or chop it up into a pretended trilogy or series and dole out the plot piecemeal? Since when was counting words more important than telling a story at the length that fits it?

Rachna Chhabria said...

You are right Misha. Worrying is pointless. I am trying to go easy on the worrying part.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

This is good advice. I wish I could stop worrying, but I think that giving up caffeine might be easier. And I love caffeine. :)

Angela Ackerman said...

Short and sweet and IMPORTANT. I love it. Sometimes I'll look back and think of those early manuscripts--the ones that were pure imagination and creativity, because my craft was non existent. I find myself nostalgic for the time when I didn't know just how hard all of this is, just how much there is to master. Back then it was about falling in love with the story--magical :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I used to find I'd hold back a bit in my manuscripts, never taking the scene, the idea, etc as far as it could go. Not sure why, but trying to rectify that now and with future stories. Great post! :)

J. A. Bennett said...

I need this reminder today! Boy am I stressed out. Thank you!!

Alana Mander said...

I need to be reminded of this frequently, so thank you :)

Yolanda Renee said...

Oh gosh, my favorite hobby! :)

Seriously, great advice!