Five Reasons Not To Be An Insecure Writer #IWSG

Thursday, June 2, 2016

I'm a day behind with my post, but still wanted to share my thoughts. For those in the know, the Insecure Writer's Support Group is a place where all writers can release their fears to the world and offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click here to sign up.


The group is on twitter @TheIWSG and there's also a newsletter. Sign up here.

My thoughts today on why you shouldn't be an insecure writer are below:-

You're A Source of Inspiration – Many people have a book inside them, but few follow their dream to produce it. You've crossed that hurdle, which makes you a superstar among your colleagues, friends and family.

You've Got Talent – I'm sure you got started down the road to plotting and telling stories because someone read something you wrote and encouraged you to continue building on your skills.

You're Improving Your Skills – If you're like me, you believe in learning something new each day. With every craft article you read and every seminar you attend, you're learning more and applying what you've learned to get better at your chosen vocation. That's a plus anyway you take it.

You've Pressed On Despite The Odds – For those who are published, it's inevitable that you'll score that one-star or two-star rating. Despite that, strong people push on and continue doing what they love to do. I'm sure that includes you, so give yourself a pat on the back for pulling up your socks and plodding onward in the face of discouragement.

You've Got The IWSG – Last but not least, you've got this awesome group to fall back on when you need a little bit of encouragement to get you moving. Plus, there's a vast amount on information on the Insecure Writer's Support Group website to assist you with whatever aspect of publishing you need to research.


I'm sure you can think of other reasons why you should be feeling a bit more courageous about your writing journey. Is there anything I haven't said that comes to mind?

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for the encouraging words. Sometimes this journey can be very difficult, but it's a path I love and am glad to have my IWSG peeps there with me in those moments when I feel like shaking my fist at my laptop lol!

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    1. No problem. As we know anything that's worth doing is going to be difficult.

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  2. Thanks for the great advice, Joy. You are so right. We need to rejoice over our accomplishments. Best to you.

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    1. Yup, we do need to celebrate each hurdle we cross. It keeps us positive and motivated.

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  3. All good reasons!
    And of course, you are pursuing your dream.

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    1. Yes, pursuing dreams is super important.

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  4. Super upbeat post! Now I'm feeling very motivated - doing all of those things :) Thanks for the reminder :)

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    1. Wonderful! Keep moving forward, Nicola.

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  5. Wonderful reasons for not being insecure! We really are ahead of those who say they want to write a novel and never ever do.

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  6. Love this. Especially the one with you've got talent. It made me think once again of the man who used to tell me stories whenever I visited my grandmother on Sunday after church.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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  7. Good reminders.

    So many people say they want to write a book someday but few actually do it.

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  8. That's a lot of encouragement Joy :) Thank you.

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  9. Loved these five items. They ring true.

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  10. What a great reminder. I never really appreciate the simple fact that I did finish a book. I've met a lot of people who would like to try and can't even get started. Thanks!

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  11. Great points, Joy!
    I read somewhere that there's a wide gap between the number of people who dream of writing a book and the number who actually make it happen. A good reason not to be insecure.

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  12. Great post, Joy and i totally agree too. Writers are such awesome people and these 5 things certainly prove it.

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  13. These are all very positive. I know a lot more now than I did when I started, so that should help me with that Insecurity, too.

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