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September's Insecure Writer's Support Group Post

It's been a long time since I've joined in on the IWSG post. The IWSG posts are published on the first Wednesday of every month. I wish I could say it's because I've been feeling so confident and on top of everything that I've learned to push all insecurity from my life. Yeah right! 

Show me someone who doesn't feel insecure about something major in their life and I bet they aren't being truthful. 

We are all insecure and that's okay.  It's healthy, actually. Now listen to me ...  the amateur pop psychologist. 

My Biggest Insecurity Relates to Time:

I feel like my non writer family and friends don't understand the lengthy process of writing a novel and having it published. 

"You're still writing a book? But, that's what you were doing all summer?" Or. "I thought you wrote that book last year. It isn't in the stores yet?" 

When will I feel secure enough to think of myself as a full time author and not someone who writes as a hobby?

Being a writer or anyone in a creative field, I believe adds another layer to our insecurities. We don't produce daily or weekly tangible results of our current work. It's hard for non writers to fully comprehend how much time and effort is involved in the process of writing a novel or whatever you happen to write. There is so much more to it than just jotting down words that turn into sentences. I always wanted to write a book, but until I seriously decided to make it happen, I didn't realize the extent of work involved. Sure we write, but that's just the tip of the beginning. 

Then comes rewriting, and revising and more rewriting and revising. Then, if you're lucky enough to figure out what you're doing, you can take all of your newly acquired knowledge and apply it to your work. If you're like me, not only was your first draft crap, but maybe you're entire first book was crap. Only after learning the craft and acquiring better skills can you apply them, but for some of us it takes a really long time to let all of that sink in. We've worked so hard on our first book, the one we think is going the be the next greatest novel, that we are reluctant to let part or all of it go ... and begin again. That part, for me, took years. When I finally accepted that if I wanted to become a published author, I had to be able to recognize my earlier work for what it was. It was the story inside of me that needed to come out, but not for the world. That's hard to accept.

I love that quote and it applies to writers as much as actors.

Once we accept it, we can truly begin to write a novel.

Then comes the really hard revisions and rewrites, followed by our critique partners' showing us all the areas that need improvement. That plot hole or a character's arc that needs further development. Once we finally get it to the next level, we have to find beta readers and then make more revisions. For many of us the next step is a developmental editor followed by a copy editor, then a line editor. Once we have a final and polished draft are we there yet? Hell no.

Now comes the even harder part. Sending your work out there in the form of a query or pitch and waiting for the rejection letters until finally we are matched with an agent. Is that the end? Hell no. Our fabulous agent might require boatloads of change and more revisions. The fabulous agent has to be able to find an editor for a publishing company willing to take a look. What I'm saying is that the road to publication is long and hard and along the way, we feel insecure.  And from I've read from many of your who are already multi-published authors, the insecurity doesn't end there. Reviews, sales, marketing, our next book. The list is endless.

In my lifetime, I've witnessed a plethora of insecurity. There are two very different kinds of insecure people and how we act on our insecurity, defines our character.

When it motivates and challenges us to work harder toward our goal, it is a strength.

It's when an insecure person allows her insecurity to rise to the level of jealousy or envy that it becomes a flaw. 

I'm honored to belong to this amazing group of people. We cheer each other on and we are genuinely happy for the success of others. I've never encountered a group of people more willing to give their time to help struggling writers. It makes me proud to be a part of this group.

So, what's eating at you this month? Feeling insecure? Please share.

You've come to the right place.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It's a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

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Check out the other post. Here is a list of the Insecure Writers Support Group Members.

It's hard to believe that it's been four years since Alex Cavanaugh formed the IWSG

Check out the IWSG Anniversary Announcement. It's big.

This month's co-host are

Murees Dupé - She has some amazing, big news of her own. Make sure you stop by her blog and learn more about the release of her debut novel.

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