Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a blog for, well, insecure writers I presume, to share tips, insecurities and to just discuss writing in general. I’ve only just discovered the blog today after seeing it on Damyanti’s blog daily (w)rite, but I really wanted to try it, so, uh, here I am. Writing a blog about it…
For the first post, I picked obviously the easiest… insecurities. (Haha, I’m laughing because it’s not the easiest argh writing.)
Despite having a writing blog and having posted some of my writing online, I am actually rather insecure about it. The prospect of other people reading my writing does scare me a little, especially when they say they like it.
That might seem a little odd. Surely, if someone says they like something, then they actually like it? Uh yeah, probably. But that stupid little annoying voice at the back of my head tells me that they’re just saying it to be nice.
For some reason, I compare myself to others in my writing… but that tends to consist of reading someone’s published novel, or winning short story, and thinking, “I could never write that.” It’s difficult to turn off, I have to admit, and as of yet I can only manage it on occasion.
I feel insecure in the quality of my writing, the realism of my characters, the skill of my editing and I worry about if my writing, story, and basically everything I put on paper is simply “good” enough. This may also seem odd, as “good” is subjective, and shouldn’t you write for yourself? Well, yes, obviously. But that might also be holding me back from writing anyway. I want to be enthusiastic about my writing, to tell people about it and show them my latest manuscript. Maybe that’s why I am rather overenthusiastic and encouraging about other people’s writings. Celebrate your writing, guys! It’s yours and it’s unique.
Perhaps I should start practicing what I preach.