It’s the first Wednesday of September and you know what that means; it’s time for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. That’s right. Hundreds of writers are gathering today to share our insecurities and to offer words of encouragement and support to each other.
So here we go!
I’m guilty. Sometimes when I think of the novels I write I shrink back further into my seat, wondering why anyone would want to read them. I tell myself: but it’s not like this author’s book! Or that author’s book! And you know why?
Because it’s my book.
I was born into a family of funny and sassy women and most of the time when I write my main characters find themselves in hilarious situations, the whole while telling some poor, unassuming love interest just where he can stick it. They may end up in a restaurant shoot out. They may even disguise themselves to spy on a suspected cheating boyfriend and end up getting chased by a rottweiler. And when I’m writing these scenes I’ll tell myself but you can’t do that. And why not? Well, you just can’t. Who’s going to read it? It’s not like (fill in the blank)! What. Are. You. Doing?
There are millions of writers out there. Don’t worry about where your work fits (or doesn’t fit). Just write what’s in your heart and let your voice be heard.
Today’s note to self: stop obsessing about the writers you aren’t like and start nurturing the writer you are.
You can find a list of other IWSG participants here.