Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year and Insecure Writer's Support Group




Happy New Year! 

May 2013 be healthy and prosperous. May your dreams be realized and goals accomplished. I hope each day will bring you happiness and the darkest weather will glow with sunshine.



Each first Wednesday of every month, writers post their doubts, concerns and insecurities without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Others offer assistance and guidance in the comments. Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brain child of Captain Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh.

A warm welcome to January's co-hosts  Tyrean Martinson and Jamie Gibbs.


For a full list of participants click here and hop on over to offer your own words of encouragement and/or assistance.

Over the past year I can honestly say I've grown both as a writer and a reader.  This Group has helped me deal with fears and concerns, and offered warm words. I realized I'm not the only one who deals with writer's insecurities. Today, I can push past writing issues thrown at me and keep my focus.

Nevertheless, a doubt always lingers. Is my work good enough? Will I be able to support my family with writing (that's my goal)? Can I really write as many books as I want this year? Will anyone like my work? There's just not enough time in a day!

If you had to answer these questions, you're not alone. I think doubting yourself is part of being human and wanting to improve your craft. I know now that these questions will remain with me forever and all I can do is keep writing, learning and perfecting the craft.

Have you had these questions? Welcome to 2013!

11 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Ohh these questions torment me all the time lol! But hopefully we will all learn not to let them take over so we can be the best we can be!

Happy New Year!

Elsie The Writer said...

Those are the exact questions I have. You are spot on!

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, man... supporting my family is my dream, too, but for most writers it is a REALLY LONG HAUL. I got my first contract in 2010... book came out last June... and it's selling well, but to support myself, I'd need about 8 books selling that well. Then again, I am in a straight to paperback market. I think 'support yourself' comes around about the first NYT bestseller or a movie contract.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know I'll never make enough to support my family, but that was never my goal.
Just keep believing and keep writing, Marta!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Your books are great - I read completely outside of my usual genres, and loved them, so thank you. Good luck with everything you do this year!

michelle said...

Happy New Year, Marta!
Keep at it! Give it your best! That's all you can ever do!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Oh, definitely. I'm so thankful for IWSG and being able to see that I'm not the only one with those questions.
Thanks for the great post! And Best of Wishes for 2013!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Oh, definitely. I'm so thankful for IWSG and being able to see that I'm not the only one with those questions.
Thanks for the great post! And Best of Wishes for 2013!

Ciara said...

Self-doubt always creeps in. I know I've experienced it many times. Just keep writing and all will work out. Happy New Year!

nutschell said...

I think I have those questions every time i sit down to write :)
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Misha Gericke said...

Oh yeah I have them ALL the time. Just try not to pay too much attention to them, or they grow louder. :-)