Today is Insecure Writers Support Group Day, or affectionately known as IWSG for short. I haven’t taken part since December last year (WOW! Has it really been that long?).
If you don’t know what it is check out the link, but basically its one day every month where writers get to whinge and moan, give in to self pity, and share their insecurities with the world. As a member its then your job to visit other participants and offer hugs, support and encouragement.
I think insecurity goes hand in hand with being a writer. Do you actually know any writer who thinks their work is brilliant? Im sure they’re out there, but i don’t know any lol
I am constantly insecure about my writing. I remember once, a well respected writing tutor (who herself is published) told me to be very careful of what i put on my blog, because when an agent gets my details, the first thing they will do is check out my online presence. She said if i spent my time moaning and whining about my writing, chances are, i could blow my chance of being signed. I get that, but at the same time i don’t want to be a fake. Writing is bloody hard…almost painful in some instances. We all know it, we all feel it…so why pretend otherwise? I always try to encourage other writers (in my role as ML for my area during Nano), i never pretend i find this whole thing easy, why would i?
I read a great blog post recently on R E Hunters blog entitled Creativity & Mental Illness (do go have a read…its only a little post). So if that study is correct i think agents and publishers have far more to worry about than a writer who bitches occasionally, and basically, feeling insecure is the least of my problems 😉
So yes I’m insecure…yes i constantly compare my work to that of others…yes, i read published work and think why am i bothering. But at the end of the day, i still am bothering…get that 😉
Im off to offer some hugs to my fellow insecuries (is that even a word? lol)
Are you an insecure writer?