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! (Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG)
Like most artistic folks, I have my share of insecurities, and they take turns battering me. Lately, it’s been that horrid saying, “Those who can, do and those who can’t, teach.” I’ve never believed it. However, I have worked with a lot of writers and watched them go on to success while I still wait on the agent trail. So, I sit down to write and waste precious time wondering if I’m ‘only’ meant to help talented people get a break. Maybe I’m not skilled enough. This is particularly distressing after a graduate degree in creative writing. After busting my buns year after year to improve my craft. This is the fear knocking at my writing door. It’s finding a willing participant in my insecurity.
Let’s face it, this is a business that plays to our insecurities. Rejections, anyone? Tell me, what are you insecure about?