Wednesday, July 1, 2015

IWSG July 2015--Write Away Insecurities

It's the first Wednesday in July, so you know what that means? Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group is on! Here's the crazy thing. I signed up to co-host this month. I'm looking forward to visiting lots of blogs today!

The other co-hosts are:
S.A. Larsen, AJ, Tamara Narayan, Allison Gammons, and Tanya Miranda!
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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

I'll keep my post short today. My insecurities still come and go. That'll probably never change. And that's okay. I've learned to deal with it by just pushing on. When I'm feeling particularly down, thinking everything I write is crap, the only thing I can do to feel better is keep writing.

So that's what I do.

I accept that first drafts stink. They are full of typos, passive construction, plot holes and long winded, unnecessary backstory.

The point is, that doesn't make me a horrible writer. It doesn't make you a terrible writer. It makes us a WRITERS!

We need to replace our insecurities about rough drafts with pride. Even a cringe-worthy draft is worth something. Remember, the only difference between writers and authors is perseverance. Oh, and revision, revision, revision.

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