Let Your Voice be Heard

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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.

29 thoughts on “Let Your Voice be Heard

  1. Last week I became a member of the ISWG after seeing your posts, Quanie, and today is my first day! 🙂 I’m excited!

    I have the same insecurity. Whenever I read books by one author in particular I tell myself (almost in despair), “I don’t write like this!” But it’s okay that I don’t write like other authors, because I am a different writer. it’s great to look up to other authors, but all writer’s should strive to be different.

    By the way, your stories sound amazing! Women in shoot outs or being chased by rottweilers? Yup, that is my kind of story! lol
    Chrys Fey recently posted..I Am An Insecure WriterMy Profile

    • Yay, Chrys! So glad you joined! I am definitely stopping by your blog today:)

      And you know what? That happened to me, too! I was reading this novel and I stopped and went, wait; but my novel isn’t like this! I really have to take a step back sometimes and remind myself that my voice is my voice for a reason; because it’s mine.
      Quanie recently posted..Let Your Voice be HeardMy Profile

  2. Totally agree. I always figure that if I like what I wrote then there has to be someone else out there who will also like it. My tastes aren’t all that absurdly unique. There’s a whole world of interest ranges out there and we all fit in some niche.

    Now to find that really big niche that will lead to the big marketplace. And it will still be something that I enjoy.

    I like your attitude about this.

    Tossing It Out
    Arlee Bird recently posted..#IWSG –SecretsMy Profile

  3. Love this post! You’re so right…I once wrote a scene that cracked me up as I wrote it but then I began to wonder if it was too slapstick and thats where the doubt started. Thanks for the reminder to just “do you boo!” 😀

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