Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Some Potential Cures for Insecurity

IWSG badgeI don’t know if it’s because writing about it helped, but the past month has seen a drastic decrease in some of my writing-related insecurities. Just in case the support group provides the cure, you should join, if you haven’t already. It was really helpful to articulate some of my worries, share them with the world, and find there are many others like me. And many of those commiserating were writers whose work I greatly admire as in, “he/she has no grounds for insecurity with such fabulous talent!” It was nice to know I wasn’t alone and that we can support each other in this ongoing struggle.

That being said, I had a fabulous October! Maybe it’s because October is my favorite month of the year and the weather really energized me. I also like to think it’s because I’ve finally broken through some kind of wall, something that was keeping me from doing as much as I was capable of. I worked through a few frightening snags in my novel, restructured the whole thing and still ended up writing nearly 40,000 words. I have a goal of 75,000 words for NaNoWriMo, and I’m not the least bit worried that I’ll hit it. It includes typing “The End,” and I’m not worried about reaching that goal either.

So what do I think helped, besides this lovely group and the wonderful fall weather? Here are my theories:

1. When you’re feeling down about your writing, write more.  Continue reading

Insecure Writer’s Support Group

IWSG badgeThis is my first month participating in this blog hope, although I’ve been part of the Facebook group for a while. I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. Writers are an insecure, neurotic bunch- I tell myself that’s what makes us “artistic.” On the first Wednesday of every month, a bunch of bloggers write posts about being insecure and then we all go around commiserating with each other. I decided that’s exactly what I need.  You can read all about it on this website.

My problem now is where to start. So many insecurities, so little time! And while it’s nice to get support, I also don’t want to spend an undue amount of time dwelling on the bad stuff. So maybe I’ll start by listing my most typical insecurities and how I deal with them. The first one is also the worst.

1. I am not and never will be GOOD ENOUGH.

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