Insecurity seems to go hand-in-hand with the writing profession (or shall we say, hobby?) … so I’m joining the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
I love online writing groups, and so, I’m joining the crowd, because I want to connect with more writers, especially writers of children’s literature.
I learned about this support group by reading Beverly Stowe McClure’s blog, The Story of a Writer. The purpose of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is to encourage writers who may have doubts about their writing or career possibilities. Writers with more experience join to offer assistance and guidance.
Support group members post to their own blogs on the first Wednesday each month. That’s when we can write about our struggles and triumphs, and offer encouragement to other writers. They also visit twelve other blogs in the list, and make connections. This is a great way to network with other writers.
Newcomers should add the group’s logo to their blog, so that’s what I’m doing right now.
Writer insecurity issues
I’ve been a writer a long time now. I’ve experienced insecurity, and even now, still have some. Insecurity seems to be an integral part of a writer’s life. It motivates us to try harder, try new things, and improve on our skills.
A life without insecurity is like the life of a person who just doesn’t care. It is fine to live a life of wild abandon, but if you don’t have a desire to improve on your skills, you’ve missed a wonderful opportunity.
My writing insecurity isn’t the same as shame or guilt or fear. I’m not afraid of not being good enough, but I have the knowledge that I could do better, so I push myself out of my comfort zones into greater opportunities and experiences.
Security in this world is unrealistic
This is not a secure world. Nothing about it is secure. We are sitting on a rock whirling around a hot fiery orb with gravity far greater than the orb we’re living on. We’re hurtling through deep space and by God’s grace avoiding a lot of comets and space debris along the way. We could die at any time, not from astronomical abnormalities, but from driving in our cars at the wrong moment or in the wrong place, or an unexpected body failure.
Insecurity is more realistic than security. It is what’s really happening.
As writers, we don’t know if our novels and short stories will ever be published. And if they are published, will people ever notice them and read them?
What keeps me going is knowing that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) That’s where I get the confidence to get through this life.
I’ve learned that writing children’s stories and YA novels these days is more of a hobby than a career, and I’d better love it for the love of writing, rather than for money. If one of our novels takes off and becomes a best-seller, that’s an unexpected treat. It isn’t something you can predict.
Life as an insecure writer seems normal and realistic to me. Without my writing insecurity, I’d be over-confident, and that just isn’t me.