The other day in speaking with a friend I mentioned that I had been having computer problems, hadn’t been able to write and that it was driving me crazy. Another friend who was present did the whole “you write? What? What’s it about?” routine. She then proceeded to tell me all about the dozen people she knew who were writing novels.
I’ve become fairly open with my friends because this is who I am. It’s not a nasty disease or a character flaw to hide. It’s a good thing! But this conversation is one of the reasons I don’t like to tell people about my writing. Hearing of all the people who are writing novels often makes me insecure. I know I’ve put a lot of time into researching publishing and filling my writers toolbox but all of a sudden I feel as if I’ve lost my individuality. As one of a crowd I have no voice, and we all know how important voice is.
This is something all writers must face. How does one write and showcase their work in such a way that it stands above the masses? How does one make it leap out of the slushpile and start a bidding war?
I think the important thing is not allowing yourself to be swallowed up in the masses. Remember who you are, remember that you and your story are individuals.
So, go show them who you are!