Today is my very first blog post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Blog Hop. I found out about this wonderful group from blogger, Melissa Janda. (Thanks, Melissa) Since I’m new to the group, I’m going to fill everyone in on what this is all about and why I decided to join. If you’re interested in signing up, you can click the picture below to find out more.
What is IWSG?
According to their website, their purpose is to provide a “safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.” They offer encouragement to struggling writers and offer a forum where writers can get help from those who have been there. As part of the blog hop, writers have an opportunity to visit other writers’ blogs and hopefully gain some new followers on their own blogs. It’s a win-win for everyone. But, IWSG is so much more! They offer writing and publishing tips, as well as provide a list of resources for those who are self-publishing. Their website is full of fantastic information.
What do you have to do in order to join?
Just sign up. It’s as simple as that. Provide a link to your blog and they’ll add it to the list. On the first Wednesday of the month, you’ll display the IWSG badge and link back to the site. Writers will visit your blog, you’ll visit their blogs, and everyone will make new friends.
Why did I join?
Because I’m an insecure writer. I just published my fourth book, so you’d think I’d be past all the doubts and insecurities that plague the struggling, aspiring writer, right? Not so. Like many writers, I struggle with self doubt. I worry about whether or not I’ll ever be able to make a living doing what I love most. I worry about whether or not people will like what I’ve written. When I’m battling a nasty case of writer’s block, I sometimes fear my creative juices will never flow again. So, yes. I’m insecure.
But, I didn’t join IWSG to overcome my insecurities. I joined the group so I could celebrate my hangups and fears with others. Sound strange? Hear me out.
If you’re feeling miserable, if your fears are preventing you from completing your novel, if you’re too insecure to share your work with others, then you’re allowing your insecurity to hold you back. If insecurity is preventing you from moving forward, it’s time to get to the root of your fears. One way to do this is to talk about it, or write about it in a blog post just like this one. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up. Join IWSG.
Insecurity is not always a bad thing, though. Insecurity keeps us pushing to do better, to be better. Think about it–if we were all perfectly secure in our writing abilities, no one would seek editors to perfect our work. No one would learn or grow. Feeling a little insecure means we care about our craft. We want our work to be the best it can be, so we worry and second-guess ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as we harness those insecurities and use them to take our writing to a new level.
For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome! Leave a comment and link back to your blog so I can stop by and visit. For those who are frequent flyers, thank you for sticking with me through all my insecure moments. If IWSG sounds like something you might be interested in, why not check it out?
12 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group”
I think a lot of writers are insecure, no matter where they are in their careers. We need validation like sunlight. xxx 😀
You’re totally right!
I am learning to embrace my insecurities. It shows I care, so it pushes me to keep going. Happy you joined IWSG. Visiting others is the best way to get people to visit you. 🙂
Thanks, Sydney. I’m slowly making my rounds. There are lots of great blogs to visit.
I’m definitely an insecure writer. I know rejection comes with the job, but after a long period of nothing but rejection, I’m starting to question whether I’m really as good as I always thought I was. While I’m awaiting the universe’s answer to that, though, I plan to keep on writing. Nothing makes me happier, so why not? 🙂
You’re definitely good,Kay. Never doubt that. I’m glad you’ve continued to write. One day it will pay off. I’m sure of it.
Thanks, Tricia. Fingers crossed! 😀
Can’t let it hold us back. We need to use it to strive to do better.
Welcome to the IWSG!! Great way to start with some encouragement.
Thanks, Alex. This is a great group with wonderful, supportive people. I’m having fun visiting the various blogs.
Welcome to IWSG! I don’t think insecurity ever goes away, no matter how much you’ve written. Thanks for joining us!
Thanks for the warm welcome. I’m loving IWSG.
Congratulations on publishing your fourth book! Although I’ve been writing for many years, only recently have I taken the plunge of doing writing full-time. So I’m definitely an insecure writer! Joining ISWG has been worthwhile in knowing that I’m not alone – so welcome to the group Tricia. 🙂