Monday, October 1, 2012
What's Your Monster?
Monsters, big and small.
Many of the monsters I talk about this month will be traditional creepsters in writing guise. Writers all struggle with demons.
A fact well-evidence by the success of my blogger friend Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group.
I enjoy reading about other writer's insecurities. There's something sweater-in-autumn cozy about the reassurance of knowing you're not alone. All those other writers, slogging away at their keyboard, late at night, during the day or in the quiet hours of pre-dawn, experience the same doubts.There are ups followed by downs, followed by hills and brief valleys. It's cyclical, almost as predictable as the seasons.
So this is my month of creepy-crawlies, both writerly and not so much. Instead of a once a month Insecure Writer's Support Group post it will be a full on blitz. I'm getting ready to purge my demons, expose them to their core. Maybe with enough sunlight, they'll shrivel up and blow away.
Which might not be an entirely bad thing. Because, honestly, who wants an angst-free, Pollyanna sunshine writer who produces happy pamphlets of joy.
Well, maybe there's a place for that. One thing I've learned as a writer is there are as many kinds of stories as there are people.
Personally, I like my stories to veer toward things dark and creeping with a side of spiders and a dash of vampire. But we'll talk about that later, after all, we have all month.