#IWSG Blog Hop–Calling It Quits?

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It’s that time again. IWSG hosts a blog hop the first Wednesday of every month. Writers get to discuss their doubts and fears they’ve conquered, their struggles and triumphs. Even though writing is a lonely activity, it doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through.

Showing vulnerability makes you strong. If you’d like to read more from bloggers who shared their personal experiences, then please click here.

June’s question–Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

Technically, I’ve never said that I’ll quit writing, however, quite a few times I’ve considered quitting fiction writing. At least two times since I’ve published my novellas and short story. I’m a fast writer, but a terribly slow reviser. Sometimes it’s very hard to find motivation to keep going when it takes me a year to publish one book while other self-publishers knock out books every other month. Sometimes it seems like I’ll never be a hustler or pro-active–skill sets a person needs to succeed in this industry.

That self-doubt kicks in all the time. There’s always a voice in the back of my head that says my writing sucks and my critique partners and beta-readers are too nice to point it out.

The feedback I tend to keep getting is my scenes lack emotion. I’m a thinker, not a feeler. That’s why my characters are usually in their heads a lot, thinking of their situation instead of feeling it or acting it out. I’ve also been told that I can be too fast-paced scene to scene.

From this feedback, I’ve questioned my writing skills as a fiction writer. I think I’d be better suited as a screenplay writer or a comic book/graphic novelist. A medium that allows my fast pace writing. My favorite story elements are dialogue and plot. I’m all about the twists and the bittersweet endings. It’d be so cool to see one of my short films on YouTube or to see one of my comics on a bookshelf. There’s less of a stigma being an indie creator in the comics world than in the publishing arena.

After I published Twisted Obsession, I sort of gave up writing novellas once it didn’t sell well. I couldn’t write anything new, and I couldn’t revise my old stuff. I was stuck. I didn’t write or edit any fiction for more than half a year.

Instead, I spent my time drawing comics, by taking free online classes to learn this medium. I also wrote short films and worked on a teleplay with two people. We were going to try and sell it to Netflix. My focus was on being creative and doing what made me happy at the time.

What brought me back to fiction writing–my writing buddies. Melissa and I took a free online writing class from Iowa. Those six weeks of creating a short story every week was pretty cool. It let me know instead of giving up completely on fiction, I could dabble in short stories. Short stories can give short film ideas. Around this time, I also heard from Meka. We shared what had been going on with each other over the year and started bonding again. It was refreshing to see someone in the same boat as me. She motivated me to start revising Six Plus One again. I don’t know what I would’ve done without her. She’s went beyond a normal critique partner, looking over my short novella in multiple stages. I owe her big time.

Thank you Melissa and Meka for getting me back into the writing groove 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

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14 thoughts on “#IWSG Blog Hop–Calling It Quits?

  1. I definitely agree that showing vulnerability makes us strong. I like to write dialogue, too. I hear ya about authors cranking out the pubs when I’m lucky to get one novel out a year.

    • Hola JenLaneBooks,

      Heavily dialogue focused scenes are my favorite scenes to read, probably why I love writing in that style. I hear ya on being lucky to get one novel out a year. Us slow pubs need to stick together 🙂

      Keep smiling,
      Yawatta

  2. When I was in my 20s, it seemed like everyone was trying to make a movie. That was the big dream. I wondered if “making a movie” was the new, “I want to write a book.” But that was before Netflix (as it is now, anyway), so they were just assuming Hollywood was going to come calling, I guess!

    • Hey Stephanie,

      When I was in my teens and 20’s (my college years), I was focused on just screenplay writing. That was back in 2000-2004. What could of been if Netflix was around back then.

      Keep smiling,
      Yawatta

  3. Ha! I say “I quit” while writing every single book! I know – that’s sad. The “I quit” usually comes about when I’m frustrated with a sentence, paragraph, scene, chapter or a character. Sometimes walking away for a while (no more than a day) makes all the difference. What keeps me going are my critique partners, deadlines (smile), my readers, and the finished product(s). I have too many stories floating around in my head to seriously quit.

    Glad you’re back into the writing groove, Yawatta!

    • Hey Sharon,

      Thank you. It helps to hear that other authors go through that too. I always assume that people don’t struggle at all. I need to learn to stop comparing myself to others.

      Do your thing! I love your writing style, so you better keep writing books 🙂

      Keep smiling,
      Yawatta

  4. I understand about calling it quits. With the struggle I’ve had in finding and keeping CP/betas it really makes me question myself. If I can’t keep a CP around then how the hell do I ever expect to sell what I’m working on. That is the biggest blow to my self confidence for sure. I’m glad I was able to help you get back in the groove. I do what I can to help if I can.

    • Hey Meka,

      In some of my experiences, I’ve found that CPs leave after they get feedback on their stuff. Them leaving has nothing to do with you and speaks more on their character. I think I’m going to list a lot of inspirational quotes on writing on my bedroom wall to help with my self-confidence. I have high self-esteem but really lack self-confidence.

      Keep smiling,
      Yawatta

  5. Hi Yawatta.
    I’m wondering why you question your writing skills as a fiction writer. Fast-paced writing skills also have a place in the fictional world. I’m thinking of James Patterson’s fast-paced stories which are a hit!
    Sounds like Melissa and Meka have been supportive writing buddies. You are lucky to have them! 🙂

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thank you for your kind words. Fast paced scenes is what I like to read; that’s probably why I write like that. Believe it or not, I’ve never read James Patterson. I’ll check out some of his books. I’m into thrillers and mysteries.

      Keep smiling,
      Yawatta

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