Today is the first Wednesday of the month, which makes it IWSG time. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosts for putting this on each month. For those of you who don’t know, IWSG stands for Insecure Writer’s Support Group, a once monthly online gathering that discusses what makes us insecure as writers and gives support for those insecurities. In a word; it offers encouragement, knowing others out there are struggling with the same things you are.
My insecurities this month are the same they always are: 1. What makes me think I can be a writer? 2. If I am a writer, what makes me think people will actually read what I’ve written? And 3. What if someone else has already written what I have and I just don’t know it yet? This last one was fed by going to writer’s conferences. Someone would inevitably ask what my books were about, and then inevitably say they just read a book just like that.
But I’m not a rookie at this, so here are my answers to the preceding insecurities: 1. I write because I have a story to tell. 2. It doesn’t matter how many people read my books; that wasn’t the point in writing it (Although it would be a nice bonus). And 3. No one else can tell my story, because it comes from inside of me.
How about you—what are your insecurities? What have you learned along the way?