Extreme Makeover: Avatar Edition (IWSG)
October is here, only one month away from NaNoWriMo, and it’s also time to check in with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. If you haven’t yet heard of us, we’re a group of more than three hundred writers led by the fearless Alex J. Cavanaugh. Meeting on the first Wednesday of every month, we discuss matters of grave importance to our insecurity, sharing our fears and encouraging each other to rise above obstacles we encounter on our writing journeys.
This month I have only one small item on my insecure to-do list, but it’s something that will affect how the entire world-wide web perceives me. It’s a change that might make everyone see me in a whole new light, and either enchant or repel hordes of new followers. It’s this:
I’m thinking of changing my avatar.
For years now (has it been this long already?) my avatar has reflected exactly how I felt when mingling with other writers far ahead of me on the novel-writing learning curve: I’m in way over my head!
The good news? I don’t always feel that way anymore. (Thank you Insecure Writer’s Support Group!) But that does mean my avatar might need a makeover.
I’ve played with lots of different ideas. For a while, as I struggled through revision, I toyed with using a bottle of aspirin for all the headaches it was causing me. Along those lines, a messy pile of manuscripts, behind which I’m presumably writing up a storm, would also be an accurate depiction of where I’m at. Birds and wings and feathers have always caught my fancy, as writing has always felt very much like finding my wings to me. And I love cats. And coffee …
Of course, there was always the old stand-by– and by self-promotion standards a solid choice–a thumbnail of my smiling face. But which picture should I choose to portray me as the smart mouthed, fun-loving, good sport that I am? And besides, now if people meet me in real life they will already know what I look like. What fun would that be?
Then, as I was looking at stock photos of feathers for another blog post, I found it: Sophisticated with an edge, understated black and white, elegant yet enigmatic.
Feathers, words, and the hint of a story.
I think I’ve found my new identity.
So, insecure writers, what do you think? Have you ever changed your avatar? Should I change mine? Will changing my avatar mean that all my old blogging friends won’t recognize me anymore? Or should I just use my smiling face and be done with it?