IWSG – The Why Bother Monster

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Happy March! Can you believe the third month of the year is already here. Not only is today the first Wednesday of the month, but it’s also my middle son’s birthday. He’s 11 today!!! They insist on getting bigger (cue mom tears).

As you can tell from my title, this month’s post will be full of all the self-doubting thoughts that are wearing me down. When so much crap happens and keeps happening it makes you doubt your sanity and question why you continue down this path.

First there was #Cockygate. If you aren’t part of the romance community you may not have heard of this, but over the summer an indie author trademarked the word cocky, yes cocky and unleashed a total shit storm within the community. This of course brought out all the troll that that to crap on Indies as a whole as well as the romance genre.

Ignore. Move on. Keep writing.

The whole cocky situation brought to light the book stuffer issues with KU (which is a whole nother beast). At the time I wasn’t part of KU, but the idea behind it still pissed me off. Real writers, ones that followed the rules, worked on their books, and tried to be a part of the system were being squeezed out by scammers. Book stuffers, click farms, entire networks that worked to do nothing but take advantage of the system. And Amazon let them. This was a big issue in romance not sure if it carried over to other genres or not. And the clean up they attempted hurt the legit authors more than the scammers. This again brings out the trolls that crap on indies and romance.

Ignore. Move on. Keep writing.

More recently there has been #CopypasteCris. Another indie romance author that was recently outed for plagiarizing her books. It started with Courtney Milan being notified and it quickly unraveled. More authors were hit, big names authors. This plagiarizer apparently hit the USAT best-seller list with “her” books. This brought to light the use of ghostwriters that go back to the scammers. Writers cranking out books at inhuman speeds, dominating the KU with their quickness and cheaply priced books. And can you guess what happened then? Yup, more trash talking about indies and the romance genre. At every turn, when something goes down it becomes and “all indie” issue. It gets tiresome.

How many times can one say ignore. Move one. Keep writing.  Before one asks what the hell is the point?

When these things happen, responders say how it’s why they won’t read indie, or how they only stick to their ‘favorite’ authors and either won’t or are extremely hesitant to try new authors because those few bad apples have a way of ruining the barrel.  That little mantra gets harder to keep repeating.

When it starts to feel like the odds are stacked against you at every turn the why bother monster moves in and doesn’t pay rent. It messes with my head and steals my creative drive. You add in personal issues and it all compounds.

I’m not really a push through it and just write type of gal, so I’ve been stalled for a little while now. Slowly I’ve been getting the urge to write again and have even made some progress. There have been good days and bad days. Will the current project get completed? Sure, but it’s not without the unwanted guest of the why bother monster who seems intent to hang around.

Have a great month

Until next time

~Meka



The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a home for writers in all stages; from unpublished to bestsellers. Our goal is to offer assistance and guidance. We want to help writers overcome their insecurities, and by offering encouragement we are creating a community of support.

The awesome co-hosts for the March 6 posting of the IWSG are Fundy Blue, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!

 

9 thoughts on “IWSG – The Why Bother Monster

  1. Sara says:

    A few people do bad things and ruin it for the rest. These people, the plagiarizers and the scammers, are like the people who don’t pick up after their dogs in parks and on hiking trails.

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  2. charitybradford says:

    I feel you. For me the why bother monster has gathered all the social media marketing blocks. And the Amazon Ads system. Every time I think I’m starting to figure out how to do it they change the rules. And I don’t have hundreds of dollars to play around. I want to make connections with the readers AND sell books. Why does it have to be so hard?

    And of course, all the things you mentioned affect it. *sigh* More sunlight! I just need more sunlight and a cruise. LOL

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    • Meka James says:

      Oh boy! Don’t even get me started on that. It’s really a case of spinning your wheels. Amazon keeps changing things, doesn’t give clear explanations, and then will penalize people that broke ‘rules’ they weren’t even aware of. My marketing budget is low and I want and need my dollars to be spent wisely and reach far. Hurdles are everywhere you look though.

      Sunlight, yes! It’s been so rainy lately.

      thanks for stopping by

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  3. emaginette says:

    Why bother? Because writing is in our blood and what others do is not. My moral code keeps me on the right road and my urge to write will never go away. I may never succeed, not like some. But will I quit? No. I can stop for a bit when things get rough, but I always go back to it. Writing is the way I cope with everything else. Writing makes me stronger. 🙂

    https://emaginette.wordpress.com/2019/03/05/iwsg-58-villians-motivation/

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    • Meka James says:

      Yes I do (most days) enjoy telling the stories in my head. Breathing life into characters from nothing. It’s not always easy, but at least that I do have some control over. I say some because my characters can be assholes LOL. It’s the other stuff that messes with my head, but eventually I’ll push through. A lot of that is due to the support system that I’ve found.

      thanks for stopping by

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  4. Jemi Fraser says:

    I hear ya! It has been so frustrating and demoralizing with crisis after crisis and cheater after cheater. I’m a romance author (not published yet) and it’s so hard seeing all indie authors being tainted with this brush. Very thankful people like Courtney Milan and Nora Roberts have been so vocal in the latest incident!

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    • Meka James says:

      OMG yes!!! It’s like can we just have a damn break. It does suck to see how all indies and/or romance writers get rounded up in these things. Very disheartening for sure. Good luck with your book. Slow and steady will get you there. And you’re right, having the ‘bigger’ names speak up does help.

      thanks for stopping by

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