Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September IWSG--Dealing with Upset Stomachs

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.

I'm currently #68

Wow, this month snuck up on me. However, yesterday my insecurities hit me over the head. Not only did they give me a headache but a stomachache as well. Perhaps it was because yesterday was the first day I didn't have anything planned other than to sit and write?

Whatever the reason, I curled up in bed with my computer and three dogs.
I felt like movement would make me lose what little I'd eaten, but I was determined to write something. It's been a while since I've been able to write regularly and I couldn't waste another day.

I wrote, but after each scene that little voice nagged at me.

"That was total crap. I can't believe you thought you could write this kind of story. You're doing it all wrong. You're wasting your time. No one is going to read this and get what you want out of it."

A couple of times I almost quit. I thought it would be okay to just switch projects and work on something more my style. However, that's when insecurities win.

We can't let them win!

By the end of the day I had rearranged the sequence of events, changing several details and added another 2000 words. They may really be crap, but at least I'll have something to work with when I finish the story and start revisions.

So, take that insecurities!

I was pretty proud of myself for soldiering through. Then I learned it was my week to post on Unicorn Bell.

Tell me something you did this week to shove your insecurities back where they belong.


  1. You powered through it and didn't lose your lunch!
    Getting everything ready for today has been my insecurity. But it all came together.

    1. You always pull it off Alex because you've got some kind of super human power. :) Can't wait to see what kind of stories end up in the new anthology.

  2. Honestly, I've taken long walks and I've prayed. Both help me find that quiet place inside, where I can reevaluate what I'm doing and come up with a better plan. Ooh, and 'No quitting allowed!' lol Helps when someone reminds me of that.

    1. I moved back out to the sunroom today. Hopefully that will help me feel more centered for writing. It's the other to-do list I'm saying no to today. :)

  3. Good for you for not giving in to your insecurities. Yesterday I got to editing. Sunday and Monday I wanted to, but I was emotionally drained from the traveling and the funeral, so I ended up sleeping a lot. Tuesday I was better and made a point to sit and edit.

  4. When I'm having a bad writing day, I remind myself that I just need words that I can go back and edit later. I like editing more, so that helps.

    And forgetting things? Yeah, that's why I started my #IdiotSummer bit on Twitter.

  5. Hey Charity,

    The fact you got up and wrote the 2,000 words is great!! I so would have kept (and have!!) taken the chill pills, thinking that tomorrow is another day :)

    For me the only way to beat the writing insecurities is to write... (now, if only I can follow my own advice... where is that desk? I have a head that needs it !!)

  6. 2K words! Well done!

    For me, I'm not the most assertive person and I stood up to someone via email this week, telling them that I was not ready to speak on the phone with them yet. I felt a million times better after.