It's the first Wednesday of the month! That means it's time to convene another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group. Our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has once again recruited a fine group of co-hosts: Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure.
Be sure to visit the IWSG website. Not only is it a great source of support and information, information on the next IWSG Anthology Contest will be revealed. You don't want to miss out!
As far as insecurities go, I always feel anxious when I have stories out on submission. The second I hit send, I start to second guess myself. I begin to wonder if the premise of the story is weak. I worry that I might have an embarrassing misspelling. I question whether I met all of the submission guidelines. To get past these insecurities, I'm trying to focus on the feeling of accomplishment I get from finishing a story and sending it out.
I'm also concerned with getting back into the swing of things when it comes to writing. We took a road trip out of state to visit family over the weekend. We left early Thursday afternoon and got back late Monday night. It was a lot of fun, but it shouldn't come as a surprise that I did little in the way of writing while we were gone. I want to get back into a routine so I can still meet my goals for this month. I think I can. At least, I hope I can.
The question for this month is: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in?
I love the feeling of being surprised when I'm writing. That's part of what makes writing so enjoyable. When I start a new project, I like to have an idea of where it's going to go. That helps get me started. I don't always stick to those plans, though, and sometimes those surprises make the story even stronger than before.
I've talked before about how important it is to try new genres and find out what you're really capable of (which can lead to many wonderful surprises), so I won't rehash that here. Instead I'd like to talk a little about the importance of looking at your past writings and comparing those to what you're currently writing. When I've done this, I found myself absolutely stunned by how far I've come as a writer.
Don't get me wrong. I still have a lot to learn, but looking at where I started shows me how much is possible when you keep writing and refuse to give up. If you're ever feeling down about your writing, I suggest you pull out something you wrote years ago and compare it to something more recent. There's a good chance you'll be pleasantly surprised too.