I thought Halloween was over.

Ok, Ok — In their blogs, my writing friends all tell what they’re working on, their current project, how it’s going, the ups and downs, what’s working and what isn’t. It’s a positive pleasure to read about the writing life. So I should be doing it too, right? But I’m SCARED! Butterflies are fluttering around in my stomach as I type this sentence. In the past, I’ve been kicked around (as Nixon would say) for writing, and, in fact, had the dreaded Writer’s Block for years. Well, I should amend that — I chose to focus on other goals for a few years, and did accomplish some good things. But more about that later.

Anyway, now I’m writing again. And I know, logically, that talking about something doesn’t always jinx it. And that I can ignore so-called “friends” who try to bite me in the butt. So I’ll be brave, take the leap, and write about my writing. *Gulp*

I’m  in the process of redoing an old manuscript that didn’t sell. Now that I reread it again, I can see why it didn’t sell. Way too many rambling subplots detracting from the main story. But hey, what do you want? I had to fill 400 pages! Now, I’ve cut all the extraneous scenes and have a tightly plotted romance story at 15,000 words.

It’s already pretty hot (I always tend toward the “steamy.”) So my next job is to beef up the tension and the sex scenes, with an eye toward submitting it to Ellora’s Cave or one of the online romantica lines.

Ooooh, oooh, did I tell you? Romantica is the hottest thing lately, and I love it! That, too, I will talk about later.

Whew! My stomach is still fluttering, but that wasn’t so bad. Now, if I can just manage to push that “Publish” button and send this to my blog. Scary, scary, scary.

I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Does writing scare you? 


2 thoughts on “I thought Halloween was over.

  1. I guess it doesn’t scare me so much as intimidate me at certain points. There are times when I look at a project and feel overwhelmed, like there is no way I’m going to be able to pull it off. But thankfully, those times are few and far in between.

  2. I definitely felt like talking about my work would jinx me when I first started. I didn’t tell anyone except dh what I was doing. Nobody had ever read a single word of my romance writing when I entered the Stroke of Midnight contest — nobody. 😀 It DOES get easier, I promise. Talking about it, I mean, not writing itself (sigh).

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