Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Well, it's that time of the month again, the first Wednesday of the month, when I lay bare my insecurities.
But, this month, I'm not sure I have any - in fact, as the title suggests, I'm pretty secure.
At the risk of repeating myself, my current level of security stems from signing the contract to have a novella published early next year. Someone likes my work! They like it so much they want to show it off to other people!
It helps that it's a story that I'm particularly fond of. Some things I write are good - more than good, very good (big LOL :-)) - but some grab me (like my favourite Thorntons chocolate), some make my spine tingle as I read the closing lines, some have characters that have truly come alive for me. When one of those stories is accepted, it's like receiving a fantastic school report for my kids, or watching them excel in their school play.
So everything's good.
But, of course, as a writer, I also think a lot. And in the back of my mind, I've been thinking what if they change their mind, what if the company folds? When I read the original email, one of the negative thoughts I immediately had was what if they made a mistake and think they're accepting a different story by a different author?
But, then, as a writer, I think... wouldn't that make an interesting story?