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.
I can't believe how much stress I've been under after the launch, and I'm thinking...really? I have to do this again? Is this what I signed up for? Well, yes it is. When I decided to go public with my writing everything changed. I wanted, needed writing to be fun again. And because of that, I had to step away. Take a moment to breathe, to remind myself who I am, what I love. It's not easy to see the positives when you're neck deep in the trenches, but they're there. Seeing it has to be deliberate.
Here's what helped me
- Live in the moment
- Keep a positive mantra
- Talk through your negativity with someone. Oftentimes, you'll realize it sounds ridiculous.
- Let someone be your filter to the negativity. A family or friend comes in handy here.
- Be true to yourself.