Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group Post #IWSG - January 2013 - The Evil Inner Voice

This is my second monthly Insecure Writer's Support Group post. The IWSG is hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. The purpose of the IWSG is:
 "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!"

I am a bundle of insecurities when it comes to my writing. In yesterday's post, I wrote that "believe" is my word for the year and that I am going to believe in myself. Well, that belief is still a work in process.

It seems like every time I read some really great writing by someone else, that nasty little inner voice pipes up in my head, saying things like, "You'll never write as cleverly as he does," and "Your writing will never grip people the way that her writing does." I have told myself over and over that the nasty little voice in my head LIES, but sometimes, I still let that voice get to me.

I'm working on it though. I am editing my manuscripts and getting them ready for publication, and hopefully, when I start sending them out to my critique partners, I will find out that my manuscripts are not as bad as I fear.


Nancy Reece said...

I have those same little voices in my head! I have decided this is going to be my year to put those voices in their place!

Good luck with your writing. This is my first IWSG blog day as well.

L.G. Keltner said...

I have that voice in my head too. I just need to learn to ignore it, but it's a work in progress for me as well.

Julie Flanders said...

I can totally relate to this! Every single time I read a book I have that voice telling me my own writing will never be as good as what I'm reading.

I'm here as part of the IWSG, it's great to meet you and I'm looking forward to following!

Tyrean Martinson said...

My inner critic can be pretty mean too. Getting feedback from CPs is great because they can find the nitty gritty places that need fixing, and they give you praise for the good parts.
Keep writing and don't let that inner critic stop you.
Happy Writing in 2013!

Michael Di Gesu said...


Moonduster... HAPPY NEW YEAR! Well I just read your profile and anyone who could lose 145 plus pounds can certainly have the passion for writing.

YOU CAN! We all have our own writing voices and each is distinct. Yours will be unique, and YOURS.... readers will respond to that as long the writing is honest and full of passion. I believe you have that so DON"T be insecure.

You are a beautiful woman with convictions. Show us who YOU are in your writing and you will do great!

Really nice to meet you and ALL THE BEST for the coming year!

Anonymous said...

We all have lots of little voices inside. Some of them are destructive and just want to tear us down. Some of them are trying to be helpful, but say the wrong thing at the wrong time.

And it's not easy figuring out which voices to believe. But You are a Great Writer! :)