Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Insecure Writer's Support Group-August 2013


It's time once again to vent our insecurities to the world as we attend another monthly meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group!  Our awesome founder is Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and today he is joined by his fabulous co-hosts: M. Pax, Karen Walker, and Melissa Maygrove.

The IWSG is two years old today!  I wasn't here from the beginning, but I've still been around awhile.  I've had the privilege of watching this group grow and blossom into a source of support and inspiration for writers of all shapes, sizes, dispositions, etc.  We may come from different backgrounds, but our love of the written word binds us.  To me, that is a truly beautiful thing.

I may have my insecurities about writing.  I always wonder if I've chosen the right words, or if I'm telling a compelling story, or if the actions of my characters makes them totally unsympathetic, or even unreal.  Yet, my writing comes from a point of insecurity.  I've never fit in easily, and words have been, for as long as I can remember, the way I feel most comfortable in expressing myself.  So even when I am riddled with self-doubt, I can never allow that doubt to overcome me.  My will, my need, to write, is stronger than my fear of it not being good enough.  Being a part of this group allows me to share my fears and lighten my load, but no matter what happens, I will be a writer.  No matter what else I may be in my life, I will forever be a writer.

Why do you write?  Can you foresee a time when you may no longer write?

15 comments:

  1. You are so talented, L G, I'm always surprised when I read of an-others insecurity, because I find their writing so compelling, so polished, and think I couldn't ever match that. I guess that's why the IWSG is so wonderful, we find we all have the same insecurities and sharing them lets us know we aren't alone!

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  2. The feel the fear and write anyway.
    We read your stuff during the Challenge. It was great!

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  3. I can honestly say that the day will never come when I stop writing. Its what defines me.

    I write, therefore, I am.

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  4. I don't think I will ever stop writing for good. I do take breaks every once in a while but I always return. Writing is my favorite method of expression, I enjoy doing it and always feel good afterwards even if I have a lot of doubts about what others might think of my work.

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  5. I admire you so much for not letting your insecurity get you down or stop you from striving for your goals! You are a great example to others who may experience crippling self-doubt.

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  6. I also felt like I never fit in, and writing in a diary helped me deal with those feelings. I don't think I'll ever stop writing. It feeds my soul and helps me make sense of my world.

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  7. I was here from the beginning, and I didn't realize today is its 2nd birthday. Awesome.

    ......dhole

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  8. I can't ever see myself not writing any more, it's part of my life now. I love to do it, and it makes me feel good, so I'll write for as long as I can :)

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  9. I will always write in some capacity, even if no one else reads it. The toughest thing for me is deadlines and the stress. Right now struggling through my first edit/rewrite of book three and HATE IT> LOL!

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  10. I didn't realize it was the groups birthday either! I was a stalker from the beginning but didn't actually join in until last year. It has been such a pleasure meeting so many talented people and challenge myself to at least try to keep up with everyone.
    I agree with the others your writing is beautiful.
    I will never stop writing however I do dream of retiring and writing in some exotic locations.
    doreenmcgettigan.com

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  11. I guess I write because I like being on the other side of the reading process. Besides then I can make the characters do what I want them to do. Maybe I'm a control freak. :-)

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  12. I wonder if it's like any passion that goes unfueled. It's still there, but it just burns a little less brightly.

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  13. Of course I can realte, as well. There have been times where my inner critic has actually gotten the best of me and I've put all my notebooks, creative writing excercise books, journals and whatnot back on the shelf- determined to just move on. But the guilt that I felt from NOT writing always won in the end and brought me back to it. I get what you're saying about that need- it's like an itch you have to scratch or some other inescapable compulsion and it always wins in the end.

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