Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Stage fright, anyone?

Thanks to the ninja awesomeness of
Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this group for people like me.
Hey! I haven't done this in a while... it's not that I haven't had insecurities, it's just that... blogging took on a different shape and color for me for a while. And I think it still has that new shape and color, but I have something to share today and it's the right day for IWSG, so I'm going to take advantage of the alignment!

I wrote a short story. It was part of the challenge. You write a story in 7 days, going through all the revision stages, until on day 7 you release it, submit it to appropriate places for possible publication.

It's just a cheesy little story though... at least that's what I keep saying to myself. Who would ever want to publish this cheesy little thing? I should just file it away and never show it to anyone besides my husband and Lori, both who thought it was sweet.

So that's my insecurity. I have this paralyzing inability to face "judgement" (I guess in the writing world we call it criticism). I'm afraid of rejection, of the possibility of failure... so much so that I just haven't even bothered to look for places that I might be able to submit a little story like mine. I'm not even looking for actual feedback from people who might be able to help me make my story's ending pop a little more (which is what I think the main problem with it is at present). Nope, instead I'm freezing up and filing it away and doing nothing.


You can sign up for Insecure Writer's Support Group and take advantage of the awesome support in this writerly/bloggerly community, too. Do it! You'll never regret it! And thanks in advance for the support!


  1. It's hard to put ourselves out there. I have to close my eyes and just push that send button every time. But I'm betting, if you put it out, you might be pleasantly surprised. As a writer, we need a super-thick skin and remember that first (and most importantly) we have to please ourselves.

  2. It's really hard to put yourself out there. It feels like stripping while on stage (and if it doesn't, you probably aren't doing it right). And the worst that can happen is that you get rejected. Those silly letters aren't that bad really.

  3. I totally understand that one! I have two short stories that I've never done anything with. They have a few good points, and they have a lot of my soul, but I just haven't been able to send them out into the world. Maybe we should make a commitment to each other to do something with our little stories!


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