First of all, I'd like to thank Alex Cavanaugh for hosting this group. I'm really looking forward to meet other authors, as well as learn what challenges they face. It sort of like drawing strength from each other. Writing is not easy.
And from time to time, I realise I need someone to talk to about my writing projects like when I am uncertain if the story is working the way it should, if it is enticing enough to draw readers to it, or even it is worth writing it. Sometimes doubts attack from all sides, and I just feel like I'll drop the current project, especially in this world of writing trends when you have an idea for a story, then the next thing, you find that someone has been there and done that.
Right now, I have like three books I use as my writing references to improve on my writing. I also enjoy reading in many genres and different writers in the attempt of developing my own style, what I don't like about a particular style and in general learn something from books. On top of that there are so many writing rules to follow I end up confused.
What I'm trying to say, sometimes I'm afraid of never living up to what readers expect from me, from my story. I understand everyone has their own tastes/thoughts about a story and how it works for them. But still, there is that nagging thought...will the readers like/enjoy this story?
What are you afraid of? What makes you insecure?