Wednesday, October 07, 2015

IWSG: When Writers Disappear

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means hundreds of us will be posting about our insecurities. And I'm a co-host this month, so I feel extra special! My fellow co-hosts are TB Markinson, Tamara Narayan, Shannon Lawrence, and Eva E. Solar, so be sure to check them all out.

I've been reading since the 70s. Over that time, many, many writers have come and gone. Some have endured.

While others have vanished.

Occasionally, I'll search for a new book by an author I once loved. In Kathryn Harvey's case, she has continued to write--under the name Barbara Wood. But what about the many authors who simply vanish one day? They write a few books (maybe more, maybe less), then never publish another thing again.

Where do they go?

Did they simply tire of writing?

Did they give up?

Do they sit down at their computers every day and stare at this?

Or, worse of all, do they keep writing books but their publisher/agent responds to every one with this:

Many writers spend years just trying to get a novel published. But what about those authors who finally achieve that dream, only to STOP?

What are you insecure about this month?