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.