Just Do It

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means a meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh!

I’m more confident writing non-fiction than I am writing fiction.

But why?

I suspect I’m more comfortable with non-fiction because a reader can’t argue with what I write. He/she is free to not like how it is written, but he/she can’t say I shouldn’t have written it. Does that even make any sense?

All I know is that when I post a fictional story, I feel nervous and insecure. (Okay, more nervous and insecure than usual.) Who do I think I am to think that something I imagined would be of any interest to anyone?

This is the question that frequently keeps me from working on my novel or from participating in more fiction challenges.

My friend and critique partner, Dawn posted a timely writing exercise today geared towards examining the fears we have as writers (Writing Fears Part 1). The first step to overcoming fear is recognizing it. For me, the biggest fear that keeps me from working on my WIP is wasting time writing a boring novel that will never be published.

But how do I know it will be boring if I don’t write it? And is it really a waste of time? Won’t I learn valuable lessons from writing something that is never published?

I know! I need to ‘get over it’ already and just write!

Boy, this support group is so helpful!

Parting Inspiration-

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. ~Henry David Thoreau

There is no use worrying about things over which you have no control, and if you have control, you can do something about them instead of worrying. ~ Stanley C. Allyn

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Don’t forget to visit The Write Soil tomorrow for tips on dealing with our fears about writing!

An Insecure Writer

As soon as I read that Alex J. Cavanaugh had started an Insecure Writer’s Support Group, I signed up. It seemed the obvious thing to do as I’m nothing if not insecure – in many and various areas of my life, especially writing. Anyone in my writer’s group will tell you, I struggle with confidence and need a lot of encouragement.

But now that our ‘first’ meeting has arrived I find myself wondering how an insecure writer finds the confidence to write about those insecurities?

The answer is simple, yet difficult: just write.

To start with, I admit that I’m feeling particularly insecure blogging. This week in addition to this post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, I also have to write responses to the See*Photo*Write Challenge and the First Campaigner Challenge. The pressure is a tad overwhelming.

Overwhelming, but exciting too – more readers, the potential for new followers, following new blogs. It’s like running a 5K. The atmosphere and crowds at a race make my run more exhilarating. While I normally run on my own, the occasional race helps me improve as a runner by making me run faster. These blogging challenges will hopefully help me improve as a blogger by stimulating my creativity and encouraging me to write my absolute best.

When I run a race, I don’t necessarily place and win a trophy or prize, and I may not write award-winning challenge responses this week either, but in both instances I will still have accomplished goals and improved through practice.  Most importantly, I will have taken steps to overcome my insecurities.