It's the first Wednesday of the month and many writers share their insecurites or offer support to fellow writers. The Insecure Writers Support Group was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh to help support writers worldwide.
Have you ever stopped to think about the people who have helped you to overcome insecurities? I often reflect on those who’ve supported me throughout my various careers. I believe it is important to do so, especially when a few kind words of encouragement or an honest opinion (positive and negative) have led me to become who I am today.
Last week I received my new writer's diary, 2016. I was buzzing with excitement - I love new stationary - but then the insecurities set in as I reflected on what I had achieved so far this year. I haven’t fulfilled many of my initial writing targets. This was mainly due to having to return to full-time teaching for the first half of the year, which begrudgingly ate up my writing time (even though it replenished my bank account). And so, it wasn't until late August that I got my mojo back and was able to write regularly again. Like all things in life, if one doesn't practice then skills are rusty or lost. Luckily, I hadn't forgotten all that I'd previously learned and throughout September, I worked hard and accomplished a lot of good writing. Recalling the words of a fellow blogger, "Nicola, think quality not quantity," eased my insecurities and now I am happily beginning to set new targets for 2016.
Remembering and acknowledging those who’ve supported me throughout the years, keeps me grounded and drives me forward. I know I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without the amazing encouragement and words of wisdom (as well as honesty) from my dear writing friend Lynne.
Thanks for the continuous support and encouragement, Lynne. You are amazing!
Is there anyone you would like to thank for offering support and encouragement? How do you overcome your insecurities?
Wishing all NaNoWriMo participants lots of fun and success! Keep going! You can do it!