It’s the first Wednesday of the month, so it’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Like the title of the post says, I’ve been too distracted to be insecure lately. I got to spend last week delving into my creative artistic side to help a friend redo her branding. It was a fun project, and she’s happy, so I’m happy. I was also quite honored that she approached me. I like to play with graphics, but everything I know is self-taught. I’m okay with making stuff for myself, because it’s just me and my name that I’d drag down if it wasn’t perfect. But doing something for someone else? What if it wasn’t good enough? What if I failed to capture that essence of what that person wanted?
Thankfully, Sarah knew what spoke to her and provided examples to go off of. She could specify she wanted slightly darker gray in the background, and what font best represented her style. She guided me to slightly deeper reds, to the subtle placement of text, to color schemes. We got her to where she wanted to be.
I know I have no desire to do this work professionally, but I’m pleased with how this side project turned out.
Now I’m back to combing through my early chapters to remove references to names who aren’t important to book 2. Progress is coming along. And according to a couple of online critique partners who I picked because they haven’t read the first book, the changes have helped me in the clarity department. Woot!
IWSG Question of the Month – Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn’t think you’d be comfortable in?
Uh, no? Everything I’ve written has had some element of fantasy or supernatural. And I’ve never felt uncomfortable in another genre, I just possess no desire to spend time there if I’ve got other stuff I’m working on. Occasionally, I’ve written something I really like, and when I come back to it, I think, “hey, this is pretty good.” But I don’t find many other surprises in my writing.
Do you ever create for someone else? Do you enjoy art? Have you surprised yourself with your writing?