Insecure Writer’s Support Group – May

Insecure Writers Support Group BadgeAs my blog once again suffers from a lack of updates I welcome you to this month’s round of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group hosted by Alex j. Cavanaugh.  For more supportive awesomeness go here.

This month I’ve turned my thoughts back to author branding.  This blog (like you needed another clue ) is very much being done on the cheap as I faff about with mind maps, coloured pens and taglines trying to work out exactly who I am.

Yep, mid thirties and no idea who I am, although I do have a pretty good idea who I want to be.  My expectations of my yet-to-be-created-self though are possibly above my reach.

 The truth is that I’m kind of worried that my characters have more personality than I do.

There’s a really cool scene in Laini Taylor’s Dreams of Gods and Monsters, where two of her characters make up taglines for the other characters.   So for kicks, I did it for some of mine (old and new).  The two protagonists of my Six Month Novel project (along with experimental doodling) are below.

 Ex-nun on the run is determined to revenge her sister’s death, if she can prevent herself falling for the man she holds responsible.  Vila

Discontented seeker sets out to save the world, and realises that sometime people find that sort of thing irritating.  In the end he settles for saving himself.

Still a bit of a Frankenstein’s Monster look to this one.


Then I tried it for me…

Writer struggles to discover herself, gives up and goes to make a cup of tea.

Five hundred words down, then the heroine is distracted by need to do the Saturday night shop.


Has anyone else struggled with their author brand? Both it’s concept and implementation? I’d really love to know.

I do love Kristen Lamb’s Rise of the Machines e-book. I’ll read that again, but if anyone else has any resources they love let me know too.

15 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group – May

  1. Hei there. Have you tried to really give voice to all of your characters – kind of listen them, let them vent out. It is sometimes so funny what comes out of there and some may be quite insightful. I am only now starting to do more conscious writer’s branding as I have done for almost 17 years myself as a healer. It is a lot of work, but I let my heart guide me mostly. That works real magic. Maybe worth of trying too?

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier today. I haven’t given a lot of thought to my author brand, but on my blog, I just try to be myself.

  3. Hi! I often give up and go and get a cup of tea! Don’t let it worry you! Also, don’t worry about the branding. I am sure your friends wouldn’t agree that you don’t have as much character as your characters! They are a melange of all you are and all you think and observe! I have never even considered branding myself – you are who you are and that’s the brand! Keep at it as you are and just enjoy telling your story x

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