Children’s books are a passion of mine, and I’ve been writing them for seven years, picture books for middle grades and young adults. My series of four Bella and Britt books was published by Guardian Angel Publishing. They all took much time, thought, critiquing from my writer’s group. And lots of self-doubt right up to the end.
Never, though, during that process, did I run to the computer, after having been away for an hour, to look for comments or pore over stats. This realization may say something to, or perhaps about, me. Oops. There’s that narcissism word again…
The shift from creative writing to blogging/website production may carry with it the need to be more personal, more introspective, more in tune with one’s own psyche to convey who we are to our readers and, perhaps, to define our own worthiness to ourselves. And with that may come some narcissism by default. I certainly hope that’s what it is.
In the meantime, I’ll continue writing books, consult with my publisher, meet with my writing group, revise, edit, use my thesaurus endlessly, and only occasionally be deeply introspective. That is, until it’s time to write another entry for my blog. Oh, yes. And even when it’s posted, I’ll pore over it from every angle, perhaps move a photo a centimeter or two, recheck links to be sure they’re working, read my witty words for the zillionth time and be, well, narcissistic.
Please excuse me now. I have to check my stats.