Today it’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group, organised by Alex J. Cavanaugh for writers to express their own doubts and concerns and to offer assistance and encouragement to others. We post on the first Wednesday of every month and welcome anyone who wants to join in.
Today my topic is courage, and I’d like to ask for your help and advice. You have to be brave to be a writer, without a doubt. You’re essentially bearing your soul on paper-translating your thoughts, emotions, ideas and values into words that others may one day read and analyse. I still find it hard to share my writing with my friends and family, let alone blog readers, critics, editors and publishers.
But right now sharing my work is the least of my worries. My main problem is that at the moment I can’t get myself to write anything. Not a sausage. I have stories and ideas bubbling inside me all the time, but lately I am too scared to even start writing them down. Why? What am I so afraid of? I think I’m just scared of failure. I don’t want to write because I don’t want to face how out of practice I am with my creative writing. I’m scared that I’ll realise just how average and talentless I really am.
But obviously, this is not doing anything to help me. You don’t get a book written just by dreaming about it and you can’t improve yoru writing skills if you don’t even try. Authors have to work hard on their novels everyday to see results. You can’t be a writer if you don’t write.
That’s why this book is on my birthday wishlist:
I’m hoping it will inspire me and give me a bit of a confidence boost, and I’ll be sure to share any helpful advice that I pick up from it in a future IWSG. I know that I just have to get on with it and I so badly want to, but I don’t know how to start. I feel like I’ve lost confidence in my writing abilities lately. How I can get my mojo back, get over the first hurdle and start writing? I’d appreciate any advice you guys can offer!