This is my first time posting with the Insecure Writer's Group - yay for new experiences!
Situation: Sister-in-laws family was over watching an NBA game while visiting. Not really my sport, so I opened my laptop and started working on the extensive outline I needed to complete to keep the story honest. After typing away and researching normal writerly things like "how many shots of whiskey before someone is drunk" and "what causes alcohol poisoning" my sister in law asked what I was doing.
Reaching deep down inside me like the Wizard of Oz teaches the Cowardly Lion, I said, "Writing my book."
Apparently that is the ultimate conversation assassin. She may have said Hmm. Maybe.
I have this blog set up with Networked blogs, but I'm having a problem with one step - linking it with my Facebook and Twitter accounts. My husband, kids and dad know I'm writing a book, as do three ladies I teach with.
I am SCARED TO DEATH to put this out there on social media sites. Granted, I have unfriended the people who I allowed to be my Facebook friends because we went to school together until I remembered they treated me like crap when they weren't ignoring me, so everyone I'm friends with is really nice and my friends and would probably (maybe...hopefully) be encouraging and supportive, and I teach teenagers for a living, so clearly I am not all self-absorbed in others judgements of me, but I can't take this step.
So I'm kind of treating this like an AA meeting (which I have also been researching LOTS lately - normal, right?). They say the first step is admitting what you are - why you are there. My name is Tasha and I have said I'm a writer online and I believe that I'm a writer but I'm not sure I can tell other people.
Do people who know you know you as a writer? How did you cross that line? Did you land on a bridge like in Indiana Jones, or fall as an electrocuted Palpatine to your death?