This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out like Kate and Rebecca who inspired me to begin). The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s insecurity inspired by ChemistKen–I can write nonfiction, but can I tell a story? What a great question! I have dozens of non-fiction books published, but can’t seem to get any of my fiction pulled together enough to make the cut. Every time I think I’ve unlocked the mystery and love the way the story is coming out, a re-read disabuses me of that notion. I find as much wrong with my new Perfect Prose as its predecessors.
I’d like to say I need a fresh start. I have three-no, four–novels I’ve been working on for years. One for well over a decade. I still am inspired to write them, but they don’t seem to get any better.
Part of me wants to believe this is just me being a perfectionist. But what if it isn’t? What if I really am NOT a storyteller?
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. In her free time, she is editor of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.