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*takes a deep breath*
Hello. My name is Chrys Fey, and I am an insecure writer.
*sits back down*
I am so happy that my first Insecure Writer’s Support Group post falls on the two year anniversary of the group. Happy Anniversary!! As a brand new member, I feel it is only right to tell you a little about myself.
I created this blog on January 1st 2012 to help aspiring writers to write a novel from beginning to end. The funny thing is I can confidently tell others what it takes to write a novel, and how to improve their writing and manuscript, but I still have insecurities about my own writing.
I started seriously writing at the tender age of twelve. I had always loved to write stories, poems, and I was probably the only kid in my class who actually enjoyed the state writing tests. Growing up, my mom was an aspiring writer. When she worked as a librarian assistant in my elementary school she’d read her own children’s stories to the classes that came to visit. She was a real hit, and seeing that made me so proud.
My mom’s passion soon ignited my own, but it was when I found a rusty screw with a crooked tip that my hobby morphed into something magical. I got my first idea for a book while holding that screw, and quickly realized my dream of being a writer. I wrote every day until I had to leave school in the 11th grade. Then my writing stopped. I thought for sure my muse had run off to Paris, as my imaginary friend had, but after a while I uncovered the truth; the series I started when I was twelve was too immature for the adult mind I developed. So. I took on the task of rewriting my series from book one.
I recently finished writing the fourth and last book of my supernatural-thriller series, and I am seeking representation. At the moment, I have a few published short stories and a couple of poems under my belt, but I am not any closer to publishing my series, or to changing the situation I am stuck in.
In my past, I have suffered from depression and in July I experienced a low point. Here is a part of a message that I sent to my best friend:
“. . . but I am not optimistic. Nothing ever works out for me. I know, I know, gotta be positive, but I am in a very depressed state today. It’s been five years since I’ve moved to [a new city in Florida] and nothing (and I mean nothing!) has changed for me. I’m tired of it! I don’t want to be in this situation much longer, so God needs to hurry things along!”
Now I’m sure God doesn’t like to be threatened but he definitely heard me, because that same night an editor from The Wild Rose Press offered me a contract for my romantic-suspense, “Hurricane Crimes”!
I may be publishing an eBook, but I am still an insecure writer, and I may always be. At least I’m in good company! :)
How did you start your writing journey?
Who do you look up to?
Have you experienced a low point in your writing journey?
How did you conquer it?
How did you conquer it?