Insecure Writer’s Support Group: At the Cliff’s Edge

Insecure Writer's Support GroupToday is September’s instalment of Insecure Writer’s Support Group, which sees hundreds of writers and bloggers worldwide post about their insecurities, support others with theirs, and offer up advice for overcoming them. If you want to visit the other IWSG member blogs, or sign up yourself, you can do so here.

Every writer knows about blank page syndrome. Those moments before you write your first word, when possibilities are endless. The terrifying unknown and the paralysing fear that you might be about to write the worst thing you’ve ever written. Or the best. Because both outcomes are equally scary.

But there’s another phenomenon, at the other end of things. Facing the ending. As I approach the ending of any story, I slow right down. The words come reluctantly, and my fingers wade across the suddenly treacle-like keyboard. It always happens.

The end of a story holds equal fears to the beginning. Those endless possibilities. Because, as we all know, every ending is also a beginning.

I’m currently stood at the end of, not just my latest book, but my whole series, editing its fourth and final instalment. I’m stood at the cliff’s edge gazing into the abyss of possibilities. It’s scary. But it’s exciting too.

Are you at the beginning? Or the end? Or both? Does the fear affect you?

10 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group: At the Cliff’s Edge”

  1. No! The end of a series. That must be difficult. I wrote a non-fiction book that I knew I wasn’t done with the characters yet so I decided I would do a second book. Then maybe a third…fourth….fifth…you get the idea. 😉

    Enjoy the rest of your week!
    Elsie

    1. Yeah, I’ve been with these guys in this world for a very long time now. But I’ll never say I’m completely done with any character. Because, you never know.

  2. Man. Writing the ending of a book is hard but for it to be a series, that is a whole different level of unknown I’m not sure I’d ever face. Just thinking about the amount of time you’ve put into those characters across four novels.

    I’m at the end of one and the beginning of two more. Very scary for me no matter where I turn.

    1. True, but it’s doing the scary stuff that really takes us forward. The end of this series heralds the beginning of my next one, and I’m super excited about that!

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