Insecure Writer's Support Group: What am I even doing with my paranormal and fantasy writing? ✒️
In 2022, I did something drastic. I quit writing.
I pulled my published books, deleted a bunch of social media, and hit pause on my paranormal and fantasy writing. I had been feeling lost and uncertain about what I wanted when it came to writing and indie publishing. Having all that stuff distracted me from really thinking about it. Instead, I'd be plotting what I could do to get my books in front of readers, what to post next on social media, and all that marketing crap.
So, I went dark in order to get my shit together. I promised I would be back at some point and in some form.
Cue epic return. (Yes, this is a new blog.)
Does that mean I got my shit figured out?
I didn't quite think about what I wanted from writing as much as I had planned. For one, I got a summer job at the local Salvation Army. I actually enjoyed it a lot despite being a self-described anti-social introvert. There were some interesting characters who came in. (Can you say writing fodder?)
But I did spend some time trying to figure out what I wanted out of writing fantasy and paranormal books, and I have an idea of what path I want to walk now.
At first, I waffled between wanting my writing to be a hobby or a job. If I'm being brutally honest, part of me wanted it to be both. A fun hobby, but also something that pays the bills.
But I can't have it both ways. Hobbies don't pay the bills. Jobs do.
Picking was harder than it looked. One day, I'd say it was a hobby. Only to flip and decide I could make it a job.
Only to flip back.
In the end, I had to just choose.
Writing paranormal and fantasy stories as a hobby.
At least, that is where I'm starting. For now, I want writing to just be a fun, creative thing I do. I'll put it out there in hopes of people enjoying it, and I’ll see how it grows. Maybe it will evolve into a job. Maybe it won't. I want to be okay with whatever it ends up being.
Have you ever asked yourself what do you want out of your writing? How was your 2022 writing year?
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