So I’m back to being insecure again. (This, I suppose, should come as no great surprise. If I wasn’t prone to insecurity, why would I be taking part in the support group, right?)
After some SNAFU stuff on the NaNo forums regarding my nearly submitting my 2013 NaNo novel for self-pub, I made a pledge to myself that “screw it; I’m never publishing anything, and that’ll teach those jerks!” (And no, that didn’t entirely make sense even at the time. And the people in question were not trying to be jerks. (Most of them weren’t, anyway.) But it’s one of those heat-of-the-moment resolutions that becomes firm and feels permanent, because you feel like you’ll have lost if you go back on it.)
After that, I took the smart path of withdrawing from the NaNo forums for the next couple of years, but I don’t learn too good (poor grammar intended), and so I’ve been active on the forums again.
And this time the guy really was trying to be a jerk.
Basically, he said that I’ll be a racist if anyone in my entire novel has a different skin color from everyone else.
Yes, he was advocating an entire planet of uniform skin color.
And he thought that was somehow less racist than having a diverse world. Ugh. (And keep in mind, I neither said anything about nor intend to introduce any ethnic stereotyping or prejudices. It’s a world very unlike our own, without our social construction of “race”. They have some prejudices, of course, but they’re based on culture and nationality. (Read any 19th century work wherein the English discuss people from other European nations, and you’ll see the kind of thing I mean.) But really even those prejudices are unlikely to come up much, because it’s a steampunk/fantasy adventure with heavy doses of m/m romance. They’re going to be much too busy flying around the world looking for the pieces of the McGuffin and flirting/having sex for weighty social issues to come up much. Because I write light escapism.)
So, because he said all this crap about the world I’m trying to put together for a series of novels I haven’t even begun to start writing yet, I feel like “now I have to publish it just to prove that f***er wrong.”
But that is in direct opposition to the 2013 doctrine of “never publish anything ever no matter what!”
Which puts me in a weird emotional bind. All the more weird considering I haven’t even named the main characters yet. (Well, it kind of grew out of an AU fanfic idea, so for my plotting purposes I’ve been using the names of the movie characters. Though at this point there’s not much similarity between my characters and the movie ones.)
It’s probably a moot point. I’ll probably finish the first draft of book one (assuming I ever start writing the thing) and go “wow, this is irredeemably terrible” and go back to writing other stuff. (That is, after all, what usually happens. Like my 2012 NaNo novel, the last time I tried to spin an original novel out of a fanfic idea. I was enjoying writing it at first, but by the time I was done I was just like “ugh, I never wanna see this piece of trash ever again!” and I haven’t opened the file since.)
Anyway, amusingly enough, this all kind of ties in to this month’s optional question
Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?
Because that 2013 NaNo novel? It was the result when I finally got around to writing something I’d been planning since I was 18. (So the idea was almost twenty years old.) I think I had actually started writing it back in the summer of my 18th year, but…not sure what ever happened to the manuscript. (And I guarantee it had zero similarity to what I eventually wrote.)