A New Kind of Insecurity…

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group.

 

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! Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Our Twitter/Instagram hashtag is:

#IWSG

To find out more about the IWSG or to join us [please do] visit: Insecure Writers Support Group

It’s also WRITING WEDNESDAY

 

A whole new kind of insecurity…

This months question for us insecure writers is: “Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out? This question is perfect for me at this time. For the first time, yes I pulled out a story I started when I was 15-years-old. I’ve thought about this story so often over the years. Its time to dust it off and give it life! I’m going to start on it this fall. I will let you know how it goes…

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When I was 10-years-old and started to dream of writing books one day, I imagined having a beautiful pink typewriter, a comfy chair and a beautiful tea set. I never considered how people would find out about the books I wrote nor did I ever consider the business of selling those books until I was actually writing one. Thank goodness I had some marketing help with that first book. While I wrote my second book I was also writing the marketing plan. What a difference a plan can make!

When my first book came out and I found out there would be book signings and I would be reading from and talking about my book, I panicked. What would I wear; what would I say? What a difference with the second book. I couldn’t wait to get out there and share Sophie’s story with the world.

When our local Community College asked me to teach a few classes on writing and publishing I pushed through my panic and agreed. By the way, that request came after a book discussion at the local library where only four-people showed up. One of the women had a friend who did the hiring at the college and the next day that friend told her the instructor they had suddenly backed out. The disappointment of a poor showing turned into a wonderful opportunity. You never know!

Always expect something wonderful to happen!

That turned into an opportunity to put together a workshop series, speaking opportunities and so much more.

I recently found out I will be presenting workshops at two of my favorite writing conferences. Am I panicked? Yes but in an exciting sort of way.

Suddenly I don’t seem to have any time to write so I am going back to my wee hours of the morning and late night writing sessions. Will the insecurity ever end? I sort of hope not because it means I’m moving forward.

Our awesome co-hosts today are Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson!

Happy Writing,

Doreen

*More information coming soon on #PWC (the Philadelphia Writers Conference & #SCBWI conference.)

 

 

8 Responses to “A New Kind of Insecurity…”

  • I do like the philosophy of what you’ve discussed here. Having a marketing strategy in place before your work is finished is a good plan that might help diffuse some of the panic many people feel about promoting ones product. Looking for that silver lining is the best approach in most anything we do. One failure is merely the gateway to a future success.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  • It’s good to hear that a poor showing can still lead to an opportunity! I admit, when I think of having a book release party, I get nervous. My friends don’t show up to signings I do now (my writer friends do, but the others don’t seem to understand how to support in that way).

  • Wow, that’s great! I would panic in a major way with having to speak in front of people. I’ve had a fear (discomfort) with doing that since I was a child and that hasn’t gone away. Good luck with all your upcoming events and hope more goodness comes your way.

  • I would be terrified as well. Truthfully, I don’t get out much right now because I have too many little ones at home, but I keep telling myself, “One day.” We’ll see, eh? Maybe I’ll just be too much of a chicken to ever do it. =)

  • Getting a teaching job out of that poor turnout is an amazing story. You never know when opportunities will present themselves, and we should see things through no matter how bleak they may seem!

  • Writing vs talking about your writing in front of an audience is quite a change! You seem to have a positive attitude about it. I like workshops and have presented with a group but never solo.

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