Today’s post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a blog hop hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh where insecure writers like myself can give each other advice and encouragement. Click here for more information about I.W.S.G. and to see a full list of participating blogs.
Once again, I’m going to turn the floor over to my muse. She has something to say, and maybe it’s something your own muse would like to hear.
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Hello, I’m James’s muse, and welcome to another edition of the Insecure Muse’s Support Group. Because behind every insecure writer is an even more insecure muse.
My writer and I are currently doing research about the planet Mars, and I think Mars exploration serves as a pertinent metaphor for the adventure of publishing. They both sound fun and exciting until you start digging into the details.
- Essentially, my writer and I are traveling to an unknown world.
- There’s a lot of conflicting, contradictory information about what that world will be like.
- We do not know if life is possible in this new world. We might not be able to survive there.
I think my writer would rather risk going to Mars than facing the unknowns involved in publishing. And unfortunately, I don’t really know how to help.
Publishing involves money and marketing and something called social media. Basically, it involves a bunch of stuff that’s none of a muse’s business. I know how to inspire, not how to network.
The only thing I can tell my writer right now is that it’s okay to be scared. Leaping into the unknown is scary. But giving up on publishing just because it’s scary would be as disappointing as humanity never going to Mars just because it’s difficult.