Firstly, thank you to every one who left comments on my last post on owning it. Over the holiday period I’ve been trying on the ‘I’m a writer’ thing on for size and it’s been great.
Welcome to Insecure Writer’s Support Group post for January (hosted by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh) .
I don’t normally go in for New Year’s Resolutions because I always try and do too much. I’ll aim to drop a dress size, join the gym, be more patient, be more proactive, learn Chinese, and by January the 10th I’m normally over it again.
This year I’ve managed to narrow it down to just one thing.
Nobody’s opinion is more important than mine.
Do any of these things sound familiar?
- Writing isn’t a viable career;
- No one cares that I write except me;
- I don’t have enough time;
- I don’t have enough support;
- I feel guilty about writing because I should be walking the dog/making dinner/doing the washing up.
Ok, so the washing up does need to be done eventually, but none of those things are true unless I let them be.
They are my own fears, but it’s hard to let go of them when I feel they are reinforced by everything I see around me.
I am so over it already.
I love to write. It’s a fundamental part of who I am, and none of the stuff above matters as long as I’m writing.
Of course making that decision is one thing. How to keep it going for a whole 365 days and beyond is another matter.
I have my self help CDs in the car, I’ve got a writing course lined up for March (plus a back up plan if I don’t make the grade) and I’m currently playing hot potato with my short stories
My writing group is knocking me into shape too.
Any other advice would be welcome. Despite all of the above it’s hard not to shrink into myself sometimes. Any advice from you would be really welcome.
Wishing you all a great 2016.